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New home sales in January tumble from 10-month high

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PURCHASES of new homes dropped more than forecast in January as contract signings slumped in the western US by the most since May 2010.

Sales declined 9.2 per cent to a 494,000 annualised pace after a 544,000 rate in December that was the strongest in 10 months, Commerce Department data showed on Wednesday. The drop in January brings new-home purchases more in line with the steady pace of progress since the end of the recession. Persistent job creation, signs of bigger wage growth and cheap...

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