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Commercial Real Estate Deals Decline as U.S. Rebound Cools

The U.S. commercial real estate market has slowed in the past three months as the sputtering economy and a pullback in debt financing limited deals, cooling a recovery from Washington to California.

A total of $49.8 billion of commercial property changed hands in the third quarter, down from $58.5 billion in the previous three months, according to a report released today by Real Capital Analytics Inc. The 15 percent decline is the second-biggest since the first quarter of 2009, the real estate research firm’s data show.