China’s property market contraction worsened in April on strict Covid lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere, a Nomura Holdings research note said.
- The top 100 developers saw new home sales volume and value growth plunge 61.2% and 58.6% year-on-year, respectively, in April, according to China Real Estate Information Corp.
- New home sales volume in 30 major cities monitored by Wind also deteriorated, plummeting 53.1% in April from 46.9% in March, according to Wind data on 30 major cities.
- Land sales shrank in both volume and value terms in April, tumbling 47.9% and 59.6%, respectively, down from -37.8% and -41.1% in March, according to Wind data that tracks 100 cities.
Nomura says that while China is supporting local government easing of local property curbs, it has shown no signs of relaxing its national property curbs. Beijing is sticking to its ‘Volcker moment’, it said.
A ‘Volcker moment’ refers to radical moves made by former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker in the late 1970s, when he tightened monetary policy dramatically to contain inflation.
• Kevin Hamlin
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