Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5% in April as buying plunged in the West.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000. New-home sales are 8.4% higher than in 2017. A solid job market and a shortage of existing homes for sale have led more people to seek newly constructed properties.
Sales tumbled 7.9% last month in the West and were essentially unchanged in the Midwest and South. But sales jumped 11.1% in the Northeast.