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China’s May SouFun Home Prices Jump, Defying Tightened Curbs

China’s new home prices jumped in May by the most since they reversed declines in December, as the government’s efforts to tighten property curbs this year fail to deter buyers.

Prices surged 6.9 percent from a year earlier to 10,180 yuan ($1,659) per square meter (10.76 square feet), SouFun Holdings Ltd., the country’s biggest real estate website owner, said in a statement today after a survey of 100 cities. The costs rose 0.81 percent from April, the 12th month of gains on a month-on-month basis.