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Economy in Brief
Texas Factory Sector Activity Remains Strong
The Dallas Fed indicated in its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey that the General Business Activity Index eased during March...
EMU Money and Credit Growth Are Less Than Impressive Than Euro-PMIs
EMU nominal money supply growth is slightly higher over three months, but credit growth in the EMU is slower...
Durable Goods Orders Strengthened by Another Jump in Aircraft
New orders for durable goods rose 1.7% (5.0% y/y) during February...
Correction to Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
The Department of Labor has issued a correction to yesterday's annual revision to seasonally adjusted weekly unemployment claims...
EMU PMIs Are Off to the Races...Farewell Mediocrity?
The PMI rankings for the manufacturing and service sector PMIs in the EMU are suddenly off the chart...
U.S. New Home Sales Improve While Prices Decline
Sales of new single-family homes increased 6.1% (12.8% y/y) during February to 592,000 units (AR)...
by Tom Moeller September 26, 2016
The new home market has weakened recently. Sales of new single-family homes declined 7.6% during August (+20.6% y/y) to 609,000 (SAAR) from 659,000 in July, revised from 654,000. Sales of 597,000 had been expected in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
The median price of a new home declined 3.1% to $284,000 (-5.4% y/y), the lowest level since July 2014. The average price of a new home improved 0.5% to $353,600 (1.4% y/y) following a 3.1% decline.
Last month's decline in new home sales was paced by a roughly one-third drop in the Northeast to 23,000 (-25.8% y/y), which reversed the July gain. Sales in the South also fell 12.3% to 343,000 (+15.9% y/y). Sales in the Midwest eased 2.4% to 81,000. They still were up roughly one-third y/y, and at the highest level since early 2008. Continuing upward were sales in the West where an 8.0% gain to 162,000 (35.0% y/y) followed a 6.4% rise.
The months' supply of homes at the current sales rate rebounded to 4.6, but remained below the August high of 5.8 months. The median number of months a new home was on the market declined to 3.2 (NSA), the lowest level since December.
The data in this report are available in Haver's USECON database. The consensus expectation figure from the Action Economics Forecast Survey is available in the AS1REPNA database.
|U.S. New Single-Family Home Sales (SAAR, 000s)||Aug||Jul||Jun||Aug Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Median Price (NSA, $)||284,000||293,100||320,700||-5.4||297,258||283,775||265,092|