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Emaar apartment sales income slump 85 pct in Q2

Emaar apartment sales income slump 85 pct in Q2

Emaar Properties , Dubai's largest developer by market value, saw an 85 percent fall in its income from apartment sales during the second quarter, as demand for real estate continues to fall in the emirate.

August 14, 2011 10:27 by

Revenues from sale of apartments were 265.6 million dirhams ($72.3 million)in the second quarter, compared with 1.7 billion dirhams in the same period in 2010, Emaar said in a detailed financial statement posted on the Dubai bourse on Sunday.

The builder of the world’s largest tower, the Burj Khalifa, reported a 69 percent drop in second quarter net profit last month.

Developers in Dubai are struggling after property prices in the emirate plunged by about 60 percent since its peak in 2008.

Revenues from its hospitality grew to 283.76 million dirhams from 236.1 million dirhams, a 20 percent increase, the statement showed.

Income from sale of commercial units and land rose to 596.5 million dirhams compared with 176.7 million dirhams in the prior year. Revenue from sale of villas also increased to 337 million dirhams from 54.4 million dirhams, the statement said.

Emaar shares rose 2.5 percent in early trade on the Dubai stock exchange. They are down 22 percent year-to-date. (Reporting by Praveen Menon, Editing by Dinesh Nair)

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