BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new home prices grew at a faster monthly pace in June，data showed on Thursday, underscoring improving demand as the economy recovers from the coronavirus crisis.
Average new home prices in 70 major cities rose 0.6% in June from the prior month, quickening from the 0.5% growth in May, Reuters calculations showed.
On an annual basis, home prices expanded 4.9% in June, matching May's pace.
China's economy has regained momentum after a record contraction in the first quarter from the virus outbreak, but a slowdown in global growth and rising Sino-U.S. tensions have clouded the outlook for prospective homebuyers.
The latest Reuters poll shows that China's home prices are expected to grow slightly faster this year than predicted a few months earlier. But sales will stay soft as Beijing remains wary of overheating risks in the real estate sector.
(Reporting by Lusha Zhang, Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)