Neal's August home sales biggest since February

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities' August new home sales surpassed its February sales with 53 homes sold.

The company has been averaging roughly 45 sales a month this year.

The latest month's sales top the 18 sales from a year ago August, a 305 percent increase. Year-to-date, Neal's sales have jumped 49 percent, 373 so far in 2012 compared to 251 through the first eight months of last year.