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A number of manufacturers in Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangsu provinces also have property investments and feel the market correction, Wang said.|
"Their manufacturing business, in fact, is basically fine. But they need money to save their investments in the property sector," Wang said.
Hou Yunchun, deputy director of the Development Research Center of the State Council, said that the property market will pose the biggest challenge for China's economy in the coming years.
The property bubble should be deflated slowly and not pricked, Hou said.
China's economic growth slowed to 9.1 percent in the third quarter from 9.7 percent in the first and 9.5 percent in the second.
Most economists estimated China's economy will grow at a range between 8.2 percent and 8.6 percent in 2012.
But investment bank Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd said the growth is likely to slip to 7.9 percent next year. The last time that China's economic growth was below 8 percent was in 1998 when the financial crisis hit Asia.
The China Index Academy, a real estate consultancy institute, said in a recent report that property prices in the major cities would fall 20 percent next year because the policy restriction on the number of homes a family can purchase will continue.
The price drop in smaller cities, according to the report, will be close to 15 percent. And the fall in even smaller cities will be around 3 percent to 5 percent.
Meanwhile, property was replaced by funds and wealth management products as primary investment choices for residents, according to the central bank survey.
Only 13.9 percent of residents plan to purchase a home in the coming three months, down 0.3 percentage point from the third quarter, the survey showed. The proportion is close to a record low of 13.2 percent in the third quarter of 2008.
Expectations for inflation in China were lower for the first quarter of 2012 versus the fourth quarter of this year, according to the central bank's survey of 20,000 households.
Among households surveyed, 36.8 percent of respondents expected consumer prices to climb in the coming quarter, sharply lower than 49.6 percent a quarter ago.
After a slew of tightening measures by the government this year, including six hikes in the bank reserve requirement ratio and three interest rate rises, the consumer price index, the main gauge of inflation, eased to 4.2 percent in November from the three-year high of 6.5 percent in July.
The central bank reiterated that it will continue to implement a prudent monetary policy in 2012 while making it more "targeted, flexible and foresighted" to support stable and healthy economic growth.