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Chinese bank relaxes mortgage policy

Agricultural Bank of China will offer mortgages below benchmark lending rate to first-time buyers, the first sign that the sharp rise in financing costs for homebuyers - a key factor in the recent fall in home sales - may be being reversed.

25 July 2014

Chinese housing market remains weak in July

Despite a sequential uptick in home sales, volumes remain well below recent levels, while housing inventories continue to grow

24 July 2014

Freight activity shows slight pick-up in July

China’s freight activity showed signs of recovery during the first three weeks of July, according to China Confidential’s latest survey of 200 logistics firms nationwide. The pick up in activity was minor, however, while the outlook among logistics firms surveyed remains negative.

23 July 2014

Apple gains popularity as Samsung squeezed further

Our latest large-scale consumer survey showed a further surge in popularity for Apple smartphones at the expense of Samsung, which is also being squeezed by lower-cost Chinese rivals in the mass market.

21 July 2014

Carlsberg – acquisition-led growth

Carlsberg is expanding its presence in China, building on growing popularity for its key international brand in first-tier cities with a series of acquisitions to develop revenue streams in lower-tier markets.

17 July 2014

Supportive policies to boost electric car sales

Investors and analysts have been debating the impact of new measures aimed at boosting sales of electric vehicles.

17 July 2014

Regulator announces new round of IPOs

Investors debate the significance of the latest round of A-share IPO approvals.

17 July 2014

Beer – market share scramble squeezes profits

Aggressive acquisition strategies and rapid distribution and capacity expansion have helped to insulate leading beermakers in China from an industry-wide slowdown. However, intense competition continues to hold down prices and profit margins.

17 July 2014

A short-term recovery

Strengthening credit growth and economic activity in June may appear to suggest that China’s economy has bottomed out, but a closer analysis raises doubts about the sustainability of the recovery.

16 July 2014

Rise of the robots

With China now the world’s largest robot market, our latest survey of robotmakers and users in seven provinces highlights the reasons behind the recent surge in robot purchases, the future demand outlook and the likely impact on labour trends and the overall economy.

16 July 2014

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