Home sales post mild rise in October
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SYDNEY, Nov 29 AAP
November 29 2012, 3:07PM
Australia's housing sector posted a mild rise in October, with new home sales lifting after three months of falls.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) new home sales report showed 3.4 per cent increase for the month, after drops of 3.7 per cent and 5.3 per cent in September and August respectively.
Sales fell 5.6 per cent in July.
The overall rise was fuelled by an increase of 31.4 per cent in multi-unit sales, while sales of detached houses fell 2.0 per cent in October - the fifth decline in six months.
The report showed that detached house sales rose by 4.7 per cent in NSW, 3.2 per cent in South Australia, 3.7 per cent in WA.
However, they slumped by 12.1 per cent in Victoria and 4.3 per cent in Queensland.
HIA chief economist Harley Dale said Australia's central bank needed to consider the housing market when it makes its decision on the cash rate on December 4.
"We need to see evidence emerge in coming months of a stronger, broader based recovery for new home building," he said.
"The fact we don't have that evidence now is precisely why the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) should cut interest rates next Tuesday.
"Further action on rates next week would bolster the chances that we see a sustained recovery in new home building in 2013 - right now the jury is still out on that."
By Caroline Smith