China’s Jan-July property investment falls at fastest pace since March 2020

A crane is seen amid residential buildings under construction in Shanghai, China July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

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BEIJING, Aug 15 (Reuters) – China’s property investment in January-July fell6.4% from a year earlier, the fastest pace since March 2020, and more than the 5.4% decline in the first half of the year, official data showed on Monday.

Property sales by floor area tumbled23.1% from a year earlier in the first seven months, after a 22.2% slump in January-June, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

In annual terms, new construction starts measured by floor area fell36.1% in January-July, compared with 34.4% in the first six months.

For January-July, funds raised by China’s property developers dropped 25.4% from the same period a year earlier, after a 25.3% decline in the first six months.

China’s property market, which accounts for roughly a quarter of the economy, is in a slump as some cash-strapped developers default on loans and bond repayments while homebuyers threaten to boycott mortgage repayments due to unfinished homes.

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Reporting by Liangping Gao and Kevin Yao; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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