Property sales fell substantially in May on an monthly and annual basis

HMRC | June 24, 2019

Property sales in the UK have fallen substantially, according to the latest seasonally adjusted figures published by HMRC which collects the property tax paid on transactions. Residential transactions fell by 6.4% between April and May and were 11.3% lower than in May 2018 while non-residential sales fell by 0.8% month on month and by 3.7% year on year. The data also shows that in May 2019 there were 89,810 residential transactions and there were 10,090 non-residential transactions.

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SkySlope | June 03, 2022

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Lument | May 27, 2022

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MG Properties | May 30, 2022

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Dalfen Industrial Acquires Sacramento Industrial Property

Dalfen Industrial | July 18, 2022

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