UK house prices rise 10.6% in year to August – ONS

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FILE PHOTO: An estate agent board is displayed outside a property in London

LONDON – British house prices in August were 10.6% higher than a year earlier, up from an 8.5% annual increase in July when there was a lull in sales as a property tax break began to be phased out, official figures showed on Wednesday.

House prices recorded growth of 12.8% in June, the highest since before the 2007-08 financial crisis, when buyers sought to take advantage of a reduction in stamp duty on property purchases in England and Northern Ireland.

(Reporting by David Milliken, editing by Andy Bruce)