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S&P warns on default risk for weak China developers

Home prices forecast to slide further in 2019, even as builders' debt costs rise

Residential apartment blocks under construction in Beijing.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China's big property developers appear to face a long slump ahead, with credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings predicting a further slide in housing prices during the coming year amid tight credit and a slowing economy.

As sales in lower-tier cities lose steam, S&P forecasts a decrease of up to 5% in home prices for 2019 as well as declines of 3% to 7% in residential property transaction volume, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

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