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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Hong Kong’s status as retail hub safe for now

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 02:50pm by Tom Gaffney

    ... Tom Gaffney property.post@scmp.com While slowing sales have raised concerns, the city is well ahead of Asian rivals in attracting global brands, with mid-tier labels plotting expansion HK keeps retail edge despite pressures Recent market signals have been a wake-up call for some international brands in Hong Kong: total retail sales declined by 0.2 per cent year on year ...

  2. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Ireland beckons for Asian property investors

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:02am by Marie Hunt

    ... emanated from Asian investors. However, this is in contrast to hotel investment, where 13.5 per cent of the total in this sector last year came from Asia, the most notable being the sale ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Harsh realities of market stymie Leung Chun-ying's housing goals

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by NICHOLAS BROOKE

    ... following the introduction of the new stamp duty measures, the appetite for new product has returned with active competition around new releases as developers offer incentives. Sale volumes, however, remain significantly down, averaging 5,000 units a month over the past six months. This figure is likely to increase with higher primary sales expected in the second half of the year. ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Why aspirational brands offer a good bet for Hong Kong mall owners

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 01:30am by Peter Bullock

    ... of wealth. Hong Kong's luxury retailers are recording diminishing turnover as a direct result. Meanwhile, there appears to be no stopping the pace of sales at Hong Kong's Apple Stores. ... brands, overseas brands will be looking to establish here. Few retail brands can afford an expensive failure by launching in a distant market only to find that sales do not take off. ...

  5. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Heavier taxes on homes held in companies make London hotels an attractive option

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 11:22am by JAMES INNES

    ... investment let to a strong covenant yielding as much as 5 per cent. Examples include Whitbread's Hub by Premier Inn in London's Spitalfields, a forward funding sale at 5 per cent ... Kong-based Richfield Realty's sale last month of the Royal Bayswater Hotel for a reported £35 million- a scheme with planning for 22 high-end flats and ground-floor retail. Prospects ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Shanghai shows it’s serious about using underground space

    Posted May 20th 2014, 02:49pm by SHAUN BRODIE

    ... to underground property? We believe the most important influence this directive will have is to considerably improve the quality of underground space and make it work better for the owner from a sales ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Potential home price correction would have broad impact on economy

    Posted May 13th 2014, 02:30pm by Gerard Burg

    ... that there is a potential for a correction in house prices this year The biggest concerns appear to be in tier-3 and tier-4 cities- which are smaller and often lack detailed data on prices and sales. These cities ... with a sharp slowing in residential construction could be the impact on local government finances. Receipts from land sales are the main source of repayments for local government debt- which has grown ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    China housing market to cool down but not collapse

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 02:40pm by Andrew Ness

    ... Andrew Ness property.post@scmp.com Smaller price rises, rather than a slump in overall mainland homes market likely, but sales to suffer in some lower-tier cities Hands-off approach ... outside the developers' sale offices, alleging that the discount scheme for new batches of units was unreasonable. After a time of soaring home prices, ordinary residents have become ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    From couture to coffee, retailers are tailoring shops to big spenders

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:12pm by Tom Gaffney

    ... Kong's luxury retail business. In fact, the sector has rebounded strongly since the financial crisis, and across Asia, upscale brand sales are booming, with Chinese shoppers at the front of the queue. According to a McKinsey report, cashed-up Chinese shoppers are expected to account for more than 20 per cent of the world's luxury sales by next year. But definitions of luxury ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Lands Department controls the property market, not developers

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Alnwick Chan

    ... Alnwick Chan Lands Department's discretionary power over land sales is what has slowed development. The system is unfair and bad for the economy Bureaucrats control the property market The government has announced that it will release some sites for the development of residential projects for restricted sale to Hong Kong residents only, with details of terms ...




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