Sales of previously owned U.S. homes drop as investors retreat

WASHINGTON - Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly declined in August for the first time in five months as investors retreated from the market. Existing home sales dropped 1.8 percent to a 5.05 million annual pace, from a revised 5.14 million pace in July, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday in Washington, D.C.…

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