New-Home Sales Dipped in May
Sales of new homes in May dipped 0.6 percent compared with April, and were down 33 percent compared with last May, the Commerce Department said this morning.
The number fell short of forecasters' projections for May, indicating that this housing "recovery" will bump along the bottom for some time.
The Commerce Department said the U.S. has a 10-month supply of unsold new homes. Until that number gets sold down to about a six-month supply, there can be no real housing recovery.
The May median sales price of a new home -- $221,600 -- was up 4.2 percent from April, but down 3.4 percent from a year ago.
June 24, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
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