home inventories

New-Home Sales Plunge to a Record Low in July

New home sales unexpectedly plunged 12.4% to a 276,000-unit annual rate in July, an all-time low. Combined with July's 27.2% plunge in existing-home sales, the picture is one of a U.S. housing sector that's cratering since the federal home buyers tax credit program ended on April 30.

Pending Sales for U.S. Homes Fell 2.6% in June

The U.S. housing market suffered another modest setback in June as pending sales of homes fell 2.6%, but less than the 3.7% consensus estimate. Still, pending sales are now 18.6% lower than the June 2009 figure.

Mixed News on Construction Spending

Boosted by the government's fiscal stimulus, construction spending unexpectedly rose 0.1% in June, the Commerce Department said. However, June's mild good news was offset by a large, downward revision to a 1% spending decline from a previously-announced 0.2% decline for May.

Home Buyer Credit Needed? Sales Fall Less Than Feared

Existing-home sales fell a less-than-predicted 5.1% in June to a 5.37-million-unit annual rate, as the number of people looking for houses declined after the federal home buyers tax credit ended this spring. Though the tax credit boosted sales, Congress appears unlikely to renew it.