1. Countrywide, month-on-month prices rose in 62 out of 70 major cities last month, were unchanged in one and fell in seven.
2. The unemployment rate probably won't fall quite as rapidly in 2015, according to economists, especially if more people enter the labor force because jobs are easier to find. Yet another large spate of hiring similar to the gain in 2014 would make the low unemployment rate more believable.
3. "This year's prize concerns a central economic problem: how to match different agents as well as possible," the academy said.
4. Property prices in Hong Kong have surged over the past decade, but hit a peak in September when jitters about China’s economy took hold.
5. It was 8.9% in 2015 and 9.9% in 2014. The expenditure accounted for 2.11% of last year's total GDP, compared with 2.06% in 2015.