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China's property investment up 6.3% in Jan-Oct

Updated: Nov 16,2020 01:56 PM    Xinhua

BEIJING — China's investment in property development rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in the first 10 months of 2020, picking up from the 5.6-percent increase in the first nine months, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Nov 16.

Total property investment in the period stood at 11.66 trillion yuan (about $1.77 trillion), the NBS said.

Investment in residential buildings came in at 8.63 trillion yuan, up 7 percent from the same period last year, quickening from the 6.1-percent rise in Jan-Sept period.

Commercial housing sales in terms of floor area totaled 1.33 billion square meters in the first 10 months, basically unchanged compared with the same period last year.

In terms of value, commercial housing sales rose 5.8 percent year-on-year to 13.17 trillion yuan in the first 10 months, widening from the 3.7-percent increase in the first nine months.

The property development climate index compiled by the NBS went up slightly by 0.08 points from September to 100.5 points in October.

The data released on Nov 16 also showed that China's housing market remained stable in October, with slower month-on-month growth in home prices in major cities.

New home prices in four first-tier cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen — rose by 0.3 percent month-on-month in October, 0.1 percentage points slower from a month earlier, according to data from the NBS.

China has reiterated the principle that "houses are for living in, not speculation." While curbing housing price speculation, the country will also implement city-specific policies in the sector, according to this year's government work report.

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