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  1. Statistics chief signals revision of housing in mainland CPI

    Posted Jan 18th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Housing costs might be incorporated into the compilation of the consumer price index to improve the accuracy of the key inflation index, at the risk of pushing up ... such as on housing prices in relation to the consumer price index', Xie Fuzhan told a conference. Mr Xie has made it his bureau's priority to 'actively create and perfect the professional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/623379/statistics-chief-signals-revision-housing-mainland-cpi
  2. Business - Economy

    Party like it's 2007 again? Don't hold your breath

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 01:30pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... out of our growth. As thousands upon thousands of mainland-based companies jumped on the bandwagon to sell every imaginable consumer good into global markets, the price of retail goods in our high street shops in the West were kept securely low. It was standard practice for big Western purchasers to return year after year with demands for prices to be squeezed down as a condition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1457671/party-its-2007-again-dont-hold-your-breath
  3. Bureaucrats out of step with market in meeting housing needs

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp YOU MAY HAVE noticed some of the laments this newspaper has recently published about the shortage of new housing in the pipeline over the next few years. ... as I would like, so bear with me while I describe the first chart. The red line shows the government's overall property price index based on an assumed index value of 100 for January 1981. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539168/bureaucrats-out-step-market-meeting-housing-needs
  4. Efforts to cool home prices may backfire, mainland warned

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the impact of soaring global commodity prices was still in the pipeline 'With tension between the underlying upward housing price pressure and the policy objective to contain price rises, ... Sandy Li The World Bank yesterday warned that the mainland government's tough measures to rein-in runaway home prices could cause a sudden downturn in the market, sending shock waves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966384/efforts-cool-home-prices-may-backfire-mainland-warned
  5. Business - Economy - INFLATION

    China inflation slows to 2.1pc, lending falls point to economic weakness

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:10pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... prices fell 2.9 per cent from a year earlier, the lowest since September. Economists polled by Reuters had expected annual consumer inflation of 2.5 per cent and factory-gate prices to fall 2.5 ... the possibility that the People’s Bank of China could cut rates later this year to reduce financing costs for struggling Chinese firms, provided that housing inflation does not flare up. “China has rising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1257006/china-inflation-slows-21pc-lending-falls-point-economic-weakness
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Tough year ahead for needy as prices go up

    Posted Jan 01st 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com Social workers appeal to government to help low-income families as food prices, fares rise Tough year for poor as food and rents go up As everything ... applied to the government to increase its fees from HK$25 to HK$35 for all vehicles, including cars and taxis. Kowloon Motor Bus has also applied to increase its prices, by 8.5 per cent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1116877/tough-year-ahead-needy-prices-go
  7. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... The central bank might also have to ratchet back the rhetorical campaign for a weaker local currency given the risk higher prices for imported goods could further fuel inflation. “Higher near-term ... very “sticky” despite sluggish wage growth and falling unit labour costs. Until last year, a strong Australian dollar had flattered the picture by tamping down prices for imported goods. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1419899/private-schools-dental-visits-fuel-australian-inflation-pushing
  8. News - Hong Kong

    Inflation eases in August, food prices slow

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 07:24pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit Hong Kong’s inflation eased to 3.7 per cent in August as increases in private housing rentals and food prices slowed down, the Census and Statistics Department said on Thursday. The year-on-year rise in the composite consumer price for August came down from 4.2 per cent in July. July’s figures did not include the effects of government’s payment of public housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1041673/inflation-eases-august-food-prices-slow
  9. Statisticians in bit of a twist over revised consumer price index

    Posted May 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... for private housing over the past five years'. So in this case people buy more, not less, of things that have gone up most in price. Hmmm... interesting. And then she does it for food, too. ... the weighting for durable goods down to 5.27 per cent of the basket from 5.5 per cent before. Unlike food and housing, it's probably true that if the price of a television goes way up you would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966688/statisticians-bit-twist-over-revised-consumer-price-index
  10. Li's inflated concerns over rents misplaced

    Posted May 05th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... The housing component makes up 29 per cent of the Composite Consumer Price Index basket, and the substantial increase in rental costs will thus have a significant impact on the overall inflation ... in a consumer price index. If you have bought your home then there is no inflation for you in housing costs. Your price stays what it was when you did the deal. For that reason the CPI measures only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/636411/lis-inflated-concerns-over-rents-misplaced

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