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China’s property sales set for a worse plunge than in 2008, S&P says


Most apartments in China are sold before developers finish building them. Pictured here on June 18, 2022, are people selecting apartments at a development in Huai’an, Jiangsu province, near Shanghai.

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BEIJING — China’s property sales are set to plunge this year by more than they did during the 2008 financial crisis, according to new estimates from S&P Global Ratings.

National property sales will likely drop by about 30% this year — nearly two times worse than their prior forecast, the ratings agency said, citing a growing number of Chinese homebuyers suspending their mortgage payments.

Such a drop would be worse than in 2008 when sales…


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