published Friday, October 26th, 2012

Business Briefs: Chattanooga foreclosures drop by 24%

City foreclosures drop by 24%

The number of Chattanooga properties entering default or foreclosure proceedings in the third quarter dropped by nearly 24 percent from a year ago.

RealtyTrac, the online foreclosure reporting service, said 646 homes in metropolitan Chattanooga received default notices or scheduled auctions from July through September. Chattanooga's foreclosure rate in the quarter -- one of every 363 properties -- was nearly 32 percent below the U.S. average.

Weak spending drags on growth

Companies are holding off on purchases of computers, industrial equipment and other long-lasting manufactured goods, a trend that's slowing the U.S. economy.

A fourth-straight month of lackluster corporate spending led many economists on Thursday to trim their forecasts for growth in the July-September quarter. The government will issue its first estimate of third-quarter growth today, the last snapshot of overall economic activity before the presidential election.

The troubling report on business confidence overshadowed a drop in applications for unemployment aid and a slight increase in the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes.

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