Statistics on new-home sales in the U.S. are as troublesome as those for existing homes, according to The Economist. Last month, 25,000 new homes were sold, a 90% drop from nearly 120,000 in July 2005. "When one takes into account that sales aren't
spread evenly around the country -- most are taking place in tighter markets xperiencing job growth -- it becomes clear that in some metropolitan areas housing markets have all but shut down," the magazine notes.
The Economist (click on headig for a link)