New numbers released by the government Thursday highlighted the continued weak performance of the national economy, with the Commerce Department reporting an anemic 0.6 percent increase in the gross domestic product in the final three months of 2007.

New home sales plummeted last year by the largest amount on record while home prices fell sharply in December. Analysts foresee more trouble this year as the housing market tries to emerge from its worst slump in 20 years.

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U.S. economic news hit a downbeat note Thursday as the White House lowered its outlook for 2008 and a mortgage research company announced that last month's foreclosure filings nearly doubled those in October 2006.