New Home Sales: A Stunning Slide

Sales plunged last month to their lowest level in more than 12 years, a grim testament to the problems plaguing the housing sector

A Commerce Dept. report released on Dec. 28 showed U.S. new-home sales plunged 9%, to a 0.647 million unit annual rate in November, from a downwardly revised 0.711 million in October (from 0.728 million previously). Market forecasters had expected a more modest decline to 0.715 million. Following downwardly revised numbers for August and September, new-home sales are stuck in a steep downtrend.

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