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US home prices rise less than expected in August: S&P/Case-Shiller

[NEW YORK] US single-family home prices rose in August on a year-over-year basis but fell short of expectations, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday.

The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 5.6 per cent in August over last year, the slowest year-on-year increase since November 2012, slightly below a Reuters poll of economists that forecast a gain of 5.8 per cent.

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, prices in the 20 cities dipped 0.1 per cent for the month. A Reuters poll of economists had forecast an increase of 0.1 per cent.

Non-seasonally adjusted prices rose 0.2 per cent in the 20 cities on a monthly basis, disappointing expectations for a 0.5 per cent rise.

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"The deceleration in home prices continues," David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a statement. "Despite the weaker year-over-year numbers, home prices are still showing an overall increase, as the National Index increased for its eighth consecutive month."

A broader measure of national housing market activity that S&P/Case-Shiller is now releasing on a monthly basis rose at a slower pace year over year, coming in at 5.1 per cent.

The seasonally adjusted 10-city gauge fell 0.2 per cent in August versus a 0.5 per cent decline in July, while the non-adjusted 10-city index rose 0.2 per cent in August compared to a 0.6 per cent rise in July.