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Rows of houses stand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographer: Jacob Kepler

Contract signings to purchase previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell for a second month in November, offering yet another sign that the housing market is struggling.

The index of pending home sales decreased 0.7%, according to data released Friday by the National Association of Realtors in Washington. The gauge slumped 7.7% from a year earlier on an unadjusted basis, following a downwardly revised 4.7% drop in October.

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