Brighouse sales rise by 53 per cent
HOUSING transactions in England and Wales rose 2.2 per cent in the first six months of this year to 282,086, say Lloyds TSB.
Its report, covering 500 of the biggest towns in England and Wales, says the hottest spot is Felixstowe, Suffolk, where sales jumped 60 per cent, followed by Brighouse, where there was a 53 per cent rise in sales.
Salford recorded a 28 per cent fall, followed by Leigh, Lancashire, down 27 per cent. Sales were higher in 324 towns, 60 per cent of them in the South.
Suren Thiru, Lloyds TSB housing economist, said the encouraging increase in the number of towns showing a rise in home sales highlighted the mixed state of the housing market at local level.