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By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Groups campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union have pulled ahead of those urging Britons to remain in the bloc in the race to raise funds, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to remain in the 28-member EU, the world's largest trading bloc, a choice with far-reaching consequences for politics, the economy, defence and diplomacy in Britain and far beyond. Opinion polls have given conflicting steers on which way the referendum might go, with telephone polls suggesting "In" is comfortably ahead while online polls suggest a tight race that "Out" could win.
The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 5.1 percent to 116.3, a level not seen since February 2006. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending home sales rising 0.6 percent last month.