Home prices slowed descent in August

Case-Shiller indices continue climb from April trough

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The annual rate of price declines slowed from July to August in 19 of 20 metro areas tracked by the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, marking seven months of improved readings, Standard & Poor’s said today in releasing the latest numbers.

The 20-city composite was down 11.3 percent in August compared to a year ago, with price drops in individual metro areas ranging from a high of 29.9 percent in Las Vegas to a low of 1.2 percent in Dallas.