Bank of England data on the number of mortgages approved to finance house purchases are a leading indicator of house sales.
Mortgage approvals for house purchases in December 2018 were up 3.7% on a year ago, but down slightly on November 2018.
Approvals remain well down on pre-recession levels. There were 63,793 mortgage approvals in December 2018, compared with 61,513 in December 2017.
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