European markets are relatively muted this morning, with all of the FTSE 100, German DAX, French CAC 40, Spanish IBEX and European STOXX 600 all up just 0.1% at the start of trading.
Portugal’s PSI bucks the trend, rising 0.26%.
Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of business, the financial markets and the world economy.
We kick off with news of further woe for UK home sellers this morning.
Data released by property website Rightmove has revealed that the average UK home has been listed for around £364,895 throughout August.
That is 1.9% lower than a month ago, meaning that sellers have slashed prices by around £7,012 as they try to attract buyers put-off by high interest rates that have affected mortgage costs.
While there is traditionally a summer slump in asking prices, it is steeper than the average 0.9% drop in August, and marks the fastest monthly decline since summer 2018.
Zooming out, though, the data is a bit more forgiving, showing that on average, asking prices have only dropped 0.1% compared to a year ago.
Elsewhere, China surprised markets but slashing one of its key lending rates early this morning.
However, policymakers left a. separate five-year rate unchanged in a move that surprised markets
There are concerns in Beijing that the country’s economic recovery is losing steam due to an ongoing property slump, weak consumer spending and a drop in credit growth, prompting authorities to introduce more stimulus.
But concerns over the country’s rapidly weakening currency has prompted additional worries, and meant Beijing has had to tread lightly when introducing more monetary easing to avoid putting more downward pressure on the yuan.
It meant that while the one-year loan prime rate was lowered to 3.45% from 3.55% previously, the five-year loan prime rate was left at 4.20%.
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