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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

April exports value up 24.4%

The value of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased to $384.9 billion in April, up 24.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 25.2% to $416.7 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $31.8 billion, or 7.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 14.5%, while that of imports increased 8.6%.   The value of total merchandise trade for the first four months of the year was way higher than the previous high recorded in the same period in 2018, reflecting vibrant trading activities amid a sharp rebound in external demand, the Government said.   Looking ahead, the sustained revival of the global economy should continue to render support to Hong Kong's export performance in the near term.   However, the evolving pandemic situation and other risk factors such as China-US relations and geopolitical tensions still warrant attention, it added.
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