China Housing August 2020


China: Growth in house prices inches up in August

September 14, 2020

House prices in 70 large- and medium-sized cities increased 0.6% in August in month-on-month terms according to a weighted average index calculated by Refinitiv from data issued by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The print was above the 0.5% rise in July. According to the NBS, the sale price of newly constructed residential buildings increased in 59 of the 70 cities (59 in July).

House prices increased 4.8% annually in August, matching July’s result. Annual average growth in house prices fell from 6.3% in July to 6.0% in August.

Putting July’s reading in context, Ting Lu, Lisheng Wang and Jing Wang, economists at Nomura, noted:

“The slight increase in property price inflation suggests market conditions in the property markets remain decent. However, we believe over-heating risks are quite limited, given Beijing’s increasingly cautious stance on the property sector.”

Author: Ricard Torné, Head of Data Analysis

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Note: Month-on-month changes of the price index of newly constructed residential buildings in 70 large and medium cities and year-on-year variation in %. The index is calculated as a weighted average based on the population of the 70 cities.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS) and Refinitiv.

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