The yearly growth in home prices across the U.S. slowed more than expected in the middle of summer, according to a home price report released Tuesday.

The home-price index covering the entire nation increased 5.6% in the 12 months ended in July, said the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index report. That is down from 6.3% in June. U.S. home prices were rising at double-digit yearly rates as recently as February 2014.

The home price index covering 10 major U.S. cities increased just 6.7% in the year ended in July. The 20-city price index was also up 6.7%, less than the 7.3% expected by economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

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