June 14, 2017 / 6:12 AM / a month ago

UK builder Bellway says demand did not cool ahead of election

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LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - British housebuilder Bellway said demand for its homes did not slow in the run-up to a June 8 national election, bucking a trend which generally sees some buyers put off purchases ahead of the uncertainty of a vote.

Bellway, which posted a 13 percent increase in reservations between February and June and said it expected full-year completions to increase by nearly 10 percent, said the snap election had not dampened consumer interest.

"Customer demand for new homes remains strong across all regions and has increased throughout spring, in accordance with the usual seasonal trend, unabated by any uncertainty in the weeks preceding the recent general election," it said in a statement.

But it cautioned that Prime Minister Theresa May's failure to win an outright majority had caused "a degree of instability" and there was "wider uncertainty" as talks to extricate Britain from the European Union begin. (Reporting by Costas Pitas, Editing by Paul Sandle)

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