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NAHB Economist: Economy in 'Mild Recession'
April 16, 2008
The chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders says the deepening slump in the U.S. housing markets has seriously eroded consumer sentiment" and pushed the economy into a mild recession.
"The worse-than-anticipated housing downturn, combined with systematic weakening of the labor market and rapidly rising energy and food prices, has taken a heavy toll on American consumers,"said NAHB's David Seiders. "It's now clear that we have entered what we anticipate will be a mild recession, running through the first half of this year, and there are substantial downside risks to this economic scenario."
Given the ongoing erosion in housing finance markets and buyer demand, Seiders has adjusted NAHB's official housing forecast to indicate continuing downward movement in housing starts through the end of 2008, bringing the decline for the year to 30 percent. A month ago, Seiders expected housing starts to bottom out in the third quarter, with a 27 percent decline for 2008.
"This change in our forecast indicates that, barring immediate action by Congress to stimulate housing and the economy, the housing sector will continue to be a serious drag on economic growth until the beginning of 2009", he said.