China property sales growth for November slows down

China property sales growth for November slows down
14/12/2016 , by , in INTERNATIONAL

China‘s property sales growth slowed sharply to 7.9 percent in November from a year ago, its lowest since December 2015, and and well short of 26.4 percent increase in October.

Investment growth, reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), also slowed slightly from an increase of 6.6 percent in January to October, as house prices and sales have shown signs of cooling in recent months.

That is in stark contrast to a robust recovery in home prices and sales that supported the economy in the first three quarters of the year, thanks to a flurry of government stimulus measures.

Real estate investment, which directly affects about 40 other business sectors in China, is considered to be a crucial driver for the economy, which last year saw its slowest growth in a quarter of a century.

National Statistics Bureau spokesperson Mao Shengyong said in November that property investment would accelerate or remain at current levels for the rest of the year, due to a low-base effect.

The outlook for China’s residential property market in 2017 is stable, Moody‘s Investors Service said in a report issued late November.

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