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Economists identify an unseen force holding back affordable housing

In this July 12, 2017, photo, a construction worker walks along the top of a residential complex in Nashville, Tenn. On Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in December. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) TNMH491

Homebuilders are consolidating, and economists find the decreased competition has led to higher prices and less construction.

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US retail sales dip 0.3% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are...