Chinese housing inflation slows again

|By:, SA News Editor

China's new-housing inflation weakened to an eight-month low in March, with the average price of new homes in 70 major cities moderating to +7.7% on year from +8.7% in February.

On month, housing inflation slipped to 0.2% from 0.3%.

Home prices rose on a year-on-year basis in 69 of 70 cities, as in February.

The softening in prices reflects the government's attempts to cool the housing sector, although it also adds to concerns about the slowdown in the wider economy.

"There are definitely risks in the property market of China's smaller cities," says Standard Chartered's Lan Shen. "The property market will be a big factor that presses the country's economic growth this year."

The Shanghai Composite is -0.15%.

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