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WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British housebuilder Persimmon said demand for new houses continued to strengthen, helped by government intervention to help first-time buyers. Persimmon, which builds homes across the country apart from central London, said its new financial year had started well, with private sale rates per site up 25 percent in the first 15 weeks of its year compared to a year ago. The lenders are supportive of it and it really does deliver affordability for the buyer," Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn said in an interview on Wednesday. "It is also giving builders the confidence to continue to invest." Persimmon said it had forward sales of 1.87 billion pounds for 2014, 35 percent higher than in 2013.