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HK to Raise Growth Target

HK to Raise Growth TargetHK to Raise Growth Target

Hong Kong’s government is likely to raise its growth target as the city’s economy expands faster than expected this year, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said, Bloomberg reported. The government is likely to raise its full-year growth estimate by 0.5 percentage points from the 2% to 3% forecast in its annual budget in February after reviewing data in August, Chan said. Hong Kong’s economy is rebounding after growing 1.9% in 2016, compared with average annual expansion of 2.9% over the past 10 years. The city’s growth rate beat analyst expectations in the first quarter as retail sales recovered and property prices reached records. There are still downside risks remaining for the city, including uncertainty surrounding US trade policies and capital flows amid rising Federal Reserve interest rates, Chan said. The government is capable of providing at least 18,000 private housing units in the fiscal year ending March 2018, Chan said.


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