US house price growth slows in June

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Image caption Prices have fallen in the US since the autumn of 2013

The annual pace of US house price growth slowed in June, a survey has indicated, continuing a long-term deceleration in the US housing market.

The S&P/Case Shiller 20-city index saw an 8.1% year-on-year price increase in June, compared with a 9.4% rise in May.

Prices in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami and Tampa are still about a third below their housing bubble peaks of almost a decade ago.

The deceleration pointed to a "more normal sector", the company said.

"Home price gains continue to ease as they have since last fall [autumn]," said David M Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

"For the first time since February 2008, all cities showed lower annual rates than the previous month," he said.

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