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Pre-used home index drops for 2nd straight month
    Weakness continued in Shanghai's pre-used home market for another month as persistent shrinking transactions failed to cushion against price declines.
    The city's existing housing index, which tracks month-over-month price changes in 130 areas around the city, fell 0.19 percent from June to 3,996 last month, Shanghai Existing House Index Office said in a report released on Thursday.
    The average cost of pre-owned homes rose in 60 areas, fell in 53 areas and was flat in 17 areas.
    "The index fell for the second month despite an insignificantly slower pace as sales of existing houses retreated for the fourth straight month," the office said. "By proximity to the city center, homes in outlying areas suffered larger setbacks in price than their downtown counterparts and that did help them with comparatively better performance in sales."
    Sanlin in the city's Pudong New Area stood out as the best-performing area by sales with monthly transactions surging 70 percent from June to 315 units. That was closely trailed by Jinshan New City, where 310 units of pre-owned homes changed hands last month.
    By inventory, some 166,861 units of pre-used homes were available on the local market for sale by the end of July, a decrease of 1.56 percent from a month earlier, according to data compiled by the office.
    Sales of pre-owned homes dropped for the fourth consecutive month in Shanghai in July to some 11,700 units, a month-over-month decline of 4.2 percent and a year-on-year plunge of 65.3 percent, Shanghai Homelink Real Estate Agency Co said in a report released earlier.