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  1. Flat-sales outlook starts to brighten

    Posted Aug 06th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito, Sandy Li

    ... the sagging property sector. The move is forecast to lift the second-hand market, with a flow-on for new property, but it will offer scant relief for the thousands of home-owners trapped in negative equity. Other moves in the latest effort to prop up property are expected to include easing restrictions on construction periods and shortening the pre-sale period of unfinished flats, according ...

  2. Fitch puts SHKP outlook in new light

    Posted Aug 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Two weeks after Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) complained about a weak credit assessment by Fitch Ratings, the ratings agency said yesterday the developer had defied the volatility and prolonged decline in the Hong Kong property market. In a newly released research report, Fitch said SHKP had retained 'robust credit metrics despite the tough economic environment and operating ...

  3. Developers turn bullish on market outlook as sentiment improves

    Posted Nov 18th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... of the property market's outlook, predicting residential prices will climb up to 5 per cent in the coming months. New World Development chairman Cheng Yu-tung said yesterday he expected property ... Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee was also bullish, expecting property prices to grow up to 3 per cent in the first half next year. Mr Lee said price rises in the luxury residential sector would ...

  4. Home sales outlook brightens on border

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito, Sophia Wong

    ... in districts near the Hong Kong border, an area that was hard hit during the post-1997 property slump. Property agents said the mainland's booming economy had created a group of newly rich people and professionals who were keenly interested in Hong Kong properties, either for investment or for their own use. Flats in border towns such as Sheung Shui and Fanling were on their buying list because ...

  5. Government budget cut dims outlook for construction sector

    Posted Dec 12th 2003, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang The construction sector will contract further in the coming year as the government puts the brakes on infrastructure spending, an industry player says. The poor property ... infrastructure projects and the property market continues to be weak, the construction sector will shrink further.' Mr Ngai was speaking after Vantage revealed a sharp jump in net profit to $20.19 ...

  6. Beijing outlook bright for the next two decades

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... years,' Mr Tang said. The city government estimates that home prices, spurred by economic growth, will continue to surge until 2020. 'The property peak is expected in 2012, when the economic ... million yuan per unit). Beijing Capital Land, with the backing of the Beijing municipal government, focuses on middle-range to high-end residential properties, office buildings and retail ...

  7. S&P lifts mainland bank outlook

    Posted Nov 27th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... improved its outlook for the mainland banking system, saying it will reach international benchmarks for non-performing loans within five years. The agency said bad loans would fall from 45 per cent ... optimistic forecast was mainly due to rising property prices and an increase in the number of loans extended by banks in the first half. By issuing more loans banks can make their existing pool ...

  8. Outlook rosy for Shanghai

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... year on year. JP Morgan said property sales had been robust; developers were generally carrying little or no unsold stock. 'We think the Shanghai market could be entering its harvest ... that affordability in the low-end to mid-range segment remains sound while discouraging any speculative activities in the market,'' the report said. During the property correction in 1998, Shanghai ...

  9. Outlook positive for Asian equities

    Posted Nov 05th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Anette Jonsson The outlook for Asian equities remains favourable going into next year amid the pick-up in global growth and a rise in domestic consumption, according to ING Investment ... in the rest of the region. The challenge is for it to manage the strong growth to prevent the economy and the property market from overheating. The global recovery in technology spending is also ...

  10. Weighty provisions to push Kerry Properties into red

    Posted Sep 08th 2003, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Analysts see a brighter outlook despite an estimated $700 million interim loss Heavy property provisions will probably force Kerry Properties to report a net loss of more than $700 million for the six months to June, its first loss since listing in 1996. But analysts said the company should see a brighter outlook in the medium term in anticipation of an improving Hong Kong property ...




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