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China Center Data Flash: The housing market cool-down begins
  • Authors:

    Yuan Gao

  • Publication Date:
    December 2016

Data Flash is a brief interpretive summary of China’s official monthly economic data release.

  • Mortgage lending surged yet again and dominated new loan growth in October. However, a slowdown in mortgage lending growth is anticipated soon, given the slowing housing sales growth that emerged in October.
  • In response to several months of tightening measures, housing price growth finally decelerated notably in October, and most strongly in the cities where the housing prices had jumped the most year-to-date.
  • The prices of industrial outputs continued to rise in October. The price rebound has so far been concentrated in the upstream sectors, leading to production ramp-ups, but in the very industries targeted for significant capacity cuts. 
  • On a structural note, corporate finance has become more dependent on equity markets in 2016, as corporate lending from banks has declined. 



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