Lennar cuts labor
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Lisa Napoli: You probably wouldn't have expected one of the nation's largest homebuilders to have a good quarter. Well, Lennar had a pretty lousy one. This morning, the Miami-based builder said the third quarter was so bad, it's slashed 35 percent of its jobs. Jeremy Hobson says next quarter could be even worse.
Jeremy Hobson: As late as yesterday, financial analysts said they were expecting a 55 cent per share loss for Lennar's third quarter.
The actual number -- more than six times that much: $3.25 a share.
Lewis Goodkin: Every major homebuilder is experiencing the same kind of thing.
That's Lewis Goodkin, a real estate analyst at Miami-based Goodkin Consulting. He says the biggest loss in Lennar's 53-year history means more job cuts are on the way.
That means less need for office space for a company operating in 18 states. And, Goodkin says, there will be other ripple effects.
Goodkin: It's anything but a optimistic kind of picture. No one could look at it and say, you know, we've gone through the storm -- we haven't.
And if it's a real estate storm we're in, another cold front comes through Thursday. The nation's fifth-biggest homebuilder, KB Home, is expected to report a loss.
I'm Jeremy Hobson for Marketplace.