Greater Montreal home sales grow 5 from February 2017 as active listings

MONTREAL — The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in the region grew five per cent year-over-year in February, as the number of active listings dropped 17 per cent.A total of 4,081 residential sales were made last month across the city’s census metropolitan area, marking the 36th straight increase and the busiest month of February since 2012.As was the case in 21 of the past 24 months, condominiums registered the largest increase in sales, jumping by 14 per cent.Toronto home sales plummet 35% as new mortgage rules biteWhy you shouldn’t bet on a Montreal housing bubbleSingle-family homes and plexes posted small increases of one per cent and three per cent, respectively.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $310,000 last month, up six per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $481,500, a one per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price grew by five per cent last month, with half of all units selling for more than $250,000.The real estate board says acceleration in price growth is a direct result of increasingly tighter market conditions. read more

Traffic is flat but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traffic is flat, but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to 2Q profit by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:50 am MDT ATLANTA – Delta is spending less on fuel these days, and that’s helping the airline make money even though passengers aren’t doing much more flying.Delta officials said Wednesday that summer bookings were strong, with passengers paying 2 per cent more per mile so far in July, a performance they expect to repeat in August.Business travel is healthy, with particular demand from people in the banking and finance sector, they said.“We expect 2013 will be one of Delta’s most profitable years ever,” CEO Richard Anderson said on a conference call with analysts.Shares of Delta rose 57 cents, or 2.8 per cent, to $21.02 in afternoon trading.Delta Air Lines Inc. reported that net income in the second quarter was $685 million, or 80 cents per share. That compares with a $168 million loss a year earlier, when the world’s second-biggest airline was weighed down by accounting losses tied to bets on fuel prices.The Atlanta-based company said that excluding special items, it would have earned 98 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 95 cents per share.Delta is beefing up its presence in New York, including buying 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic airlines to bolster its position on the New York-London route. Last week, Delta said that it planned to hire 300 more pilots starting in November.The airline recently announced that it would begin paying a quarterly dividend in September, and it authorized a $500 million program to buy back stock to make remaining shares more valuable.Second-quarter revenue was about flat at $9.71 billion — $300 million less than analysts expected, according to a survey by FactSet — as traffic rose only 0.5 per cent.Delta increased passenger-carrying capacity less than 1 per cent, and 84.8 per cent of seats were filled on the average flight. While that was slightly below the year-ago figure of 85.1 per cent, it was still very high by historical standards.Delta’s fuel bill was $2.6 billion, or $710 million less than a year ago, when it took a $561 million fuel-hedging loss. Excluding the 2012 hedging loss, Delta still spent $288 million less on fuel. Costs other than fuel rose 2.5 per cent, less than Delta originally forecast. Overall, operating costs declined 8 per cent.The company ended the quarter on June 30 with 908 aircraft, including 181 smaller planes used by regional affiliates, and nearly 80,000 employees. read more