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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bolton buys land in Gombak

BOLTON Bhd's subsidiary is buying a 9.2 hectare plot of land in Gombak, Selangor from LP Heights Sdn Bhd, for RM72 million.

Ketapang Realty Sdn Bhd. plans to seek approval for the layout amendment of the land to allow the development of gated and guarded community comprising of three-storey semi-detached houses and three-storey bungalow houses.

Currently it has approval for 184 residential units, comprising of 36 units of semi-detached houses, 88 units of terrace houses and 60 units of townvillas.

The proposed development, with a gross development value of RM220 million, is expected to generate RM45 million in gross development profit for the subsidiary.
The development costs will be financed through internal funds and bank borrowings.

By Business Times

Bolton to buy land for RM72m

PETALING JAYA: Bolton Bhd through subsidiary Ketapang Realty Sdn Bhd had entered into a sale and purchase agreement with LP Heights Sdn Bhd to acquire 9.12ha leasehold land for RM72mil cash.

It told Bursa Malaysia yesterday the land was located in district of Gombak, Selangor.

Bolton plans on that land, a gated and guarded residential project with a gross development value of RM220mil and will generate a gross development profit of RM45mil.

It said the proposed acquisition would be funded through internally generated funds and bank borrowings. “The proposed acquisition is in line with Bolton’s objective to focus on its core business of property development, thereby increasing the group’s land bank so as to enhance the group’s future development earnings.”

By The Star

UK house prices drop, retail sales growth slows

LONDON: British house prices fell last month and retail sales growth slowed abruptly according to two surveys on Tuesday that will raise concern the recovery is losing momentum.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ house price balance fell to 8 in the three months to July the first negative reading in a year from a downwardly revised +8 in the three months to June.

The new buyer enquiries balance fell for the second straight month while property coming on the market increased at its fastest pace since May 2007, leaving surveyors braced for further weakness in the coming months.

A survey from the British Retail Consortium, meanwhile, showed the value of sales last month was just 0.5% higher than a year ago on a like-for-like basis, less than half the 1.2% growth recorded in June.

While part of that weakness may be a natural correction after June’s World Cup-related strength, the compilers of the survey also pointed the finger at the weakening housing market and harsh government spending cuts to come.

“The overriding factor is consumer confidence. It’s fallen recently,” said Stephen Robertson, director-general of the BRC. “Talk of public spending cuts is unsettling customers and they are concentrating on essentials.”

Britain’s Conservative-led coalition government, which came to power in May, aims to slash spending in some areas by a quarter, potentially putting thousands of public sector jobs at risk.

With bank lending still restricted, many doubt whether the private sector will be in a position to pick up the slack.

Britain’s economy grew an unexpectedly strong 1.1% from April to June but most economists think that will be the high-water mark, with growth slowing for the remainder of the year.

The Bank of England will publish new growth and inflation forecasts today and is expected to downgrade its GDP forecasts for both 2011 and 2012.

The Bank has kept UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% since March 2009 and while one policymaker has been calling for a rise, most analysts expect no change in policy for many months to come.

Although inflation remains well above the 2% target, some analysts think the central bank may even feel compelled to restart its quantitative easing scheme to prevent a relapse into recession.

By Reuters