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Sales of U.S. New Homes in November Rise to 315,000 Rate

Sales of new U.S. homes rose in November to a seven-month high, adding to evidence of stabilization in the housing market.

Purchases of single-family properties increased 1.6 percent to a 315,000 annual pace, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. The gain pushed the number of new homes on the market to a record low.