US house prices in fourth monthly rise
Stephen Foley is a former Associate Business Editor of The Independent, based in New York. He left in August 2012. In a decade at the paper, he covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry, and had also been the Business section's share tipster. Between arriving with three suitcases in Manhattan in January 2006 and his departure, he witnessed and reported on a great economic boom turning spectacularly to bust. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Wednesday 28 September 2011
US house prices managed a fourth consecutive month of gains, offering a glimmer of hope in one of the most important but depressed areas of the world economy. Prices were up 0.9 per cent in July compared to June, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller index of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, although they remained 4.1 per cent below July 2010.
High foreclosure numbers and negative equity continue to depress the recovery in the world's largest economy. David Blitzer, chairman of S&P's index committee, said: "Continued increases in home prices through the end of the year and better annual results must materialise before we can confirm a housing market recovery."
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