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  1. Interest rate outlook boosts optimism

    Posted Jul 12th 2006, 12:00am by Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu and Sandy Li Transaction volumes and prices in the Hong Kong housing market will remain soft in the second half, but the outlook is optimistic with interest rates expected to peak next year, according to analysts and property agents. While many analysts and agents expect home prices to see a modest rise in the whole of 2006, UBS believes home prices will jump ...

  2. Optimistic outlook for the economy this year

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Robust private consumption, fuelled by active job and property markets, is expected to keep Hong Kong's export-driven economic growth at a respectable 6 per cent this year, ... 'Sustained job market improvement should reinforce consumer confidence, especially when interest rates peak and the property market turns more active later this year,' he said. 'Of course, ...

  3. Bulls extend charge as rate outlook brightens

    Posted Jan 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wednesday's 255.29-point rally as it continued to benefit from the United States Federal Reserve's signal that the 18-month cycle of interest-rate rises is ending. Solid buying in property ... a lot in the past few days,' Mr Wong said. The index has jumped 394.7 points or 2.6 per cent in the past three trading days. Property counters continued to attract interest as peaking ...

  4. Ad spending dips as businesses await clearer outlook

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... property projects in the period also a factor,' said Tsang Kam-keung, chief executive of media agent Mindshare Hong Kong. The number of spots sold on the Chinese-language television channels- ... last year to 300,000 copies. Market sources said the three free dailies, Metro Publishing's Metro, Sing Tao News Corp's Headline Daily and property agency boss Shih Wing-ching's ...

  5. Positive outlook for landlords

    Posted Nov 08th 2006, 12:00am by Kenneth Ko

    ... looking for other properties. 'Landlords are showing there's not much room for negotiation,' she said. According to Knight Frank, luxury rents in Pokfulam have risen 7.6 per cent so ... in finance-related jobs. Mr Lo expected the average rent for high-end flats to rise a further 13 per cent over the next 12 months. The outlook for the office market also appeared positive. Prime office rents ...

  6. Macquarie optimistic on Hang Seng outlook

    Posted Mar 26th 2006, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... lags behind high salaries. 'People in high-paying jobs are the ones who decide whether to buy a new Gucci bag, upgrade their Ferrari or buy property,' Mr Simpson said. According ...

  7. Chinese Estates eyes $8.2b from property sales

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will only be one of the earnings drivers this year, while we also see a brisker outlook for our retail properties,' Chinese Estates chief executive and executive director Joseph Lau Luen-hung ... Foster Wong Chinese Estates Holdings expects to make as much as $8.2 billion from the sale of two key residential projects to be launched this year as it looks to step up property sales ...

  8. Changes in property policy 'vital for growth'

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Local governments on the mainland should review their property policies to ensure sustainable economic growth, an official magazine said. The latest issue of Xinhua's Outlook magazine quoted an unspecified government department as saying that some cities in Zhejiang province would exhaust their land resources for property development in the next five to 10 ...

  9. Hysan net profit surges to $4.12b following property revaluation

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 6.50pm: Higher rents, the sale of a building and a revaluation of properties held by property investor Hysan Development saw its net profit surged to $4.12 billion ... of properties following changes in accounting standards. Excluding the revaluations, underlying net profit for 2005 was $1 billion, up 65 per cent from $609 million reported in 2004. Turnover was $1.25 ...

  10. Property loans continue to soar

    Posted Sep 16th 2006, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... a year earlier. The property outlook index dipped slightly last month, dropping to 103.31 at the end of August from July's 103.51 points, the bureau said. Still, it was up 1.55 points from ... Ting Shi Lending for property purchases in the first eight months of the year surged 51 per cent from the same period a year ago, despite intensified government efforts to cool ...




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