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Sales contracts for homes dropped in April

WASHINGTON — A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month. The decline was the biggest in a year. Still, sales are well ahead of last year’s ...

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Sales of previously occupied homes up in April

WASHINGTON — Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend. An increasing portion of those sales are from first-time buyers, who are critical to a ...

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Home sales fall in March as market stays weak

WASHINGTON — Americans bought fewer previously owned homes in March, a reminder that the housing market remains weak. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that home sales fell 2.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...

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Rising retail sales point to slowly improving economy

WASHINGTON — Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods in January. The latest government report on retail sales pointed to a slowly improving economy. Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent ...

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Sales contracts for homes dip from 19-month high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in December after hitting the highest level in a year and a half a month earlier. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday its index of sales ...

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IRS reviving program seeking offshore tax cheats

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is reviving a program that lets Americans who are hiding their assets overseas avoid criminal charges by paying their back taxes plus penalties. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman says that similar efforts in 2009 and ...

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