Value added

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am

New World Development chairman Cheng Yu-tung (centre) says he expects the overall value of property in Hong Kong to increase by 10 per cent next year, as improving retail sales and benefits from individual travellers from the mainland filter through to the general economy.

Speaking after the group's annual general meeting yesterday, Mr Cheng said New World would continue to expand its land bank to cope with expected demand, adding that the driver of next year's growth would mainly come from the luxury residential sector.

Separately, Mr Cheng said he had no plans to set up his own private investment firm or invest in the Link Reit, the city's first real estate investment trust.

Henderson Land Development chairman Lee Shau-kee said earlier that he would subscribe for up to US$500 million worth of shares in the Link Reit through his private investment firm, Shau Kee Financial Enterprise, which will be launched on December 15.