China home prices rose in fewer cities in July, adding to signs the property market is cooling.New-home prices, excluding government-subsidized housing, gained from the previous month in 56 of 70 cities tracked by the government, compared with 60 in June. the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday. Prices fell in nine cities and were unchanged in five.Data earlier this week showed new home sales by value last month grew at the slowest pace in more than two years. Regulators have imposed a series of curbs on lending and property purchases to avert a bubble after prices jumped as much as 62 percent within a year in big cities such as Shenzhen.
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