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Profits plunge at Foxtons as London housing market stalls

Estate agency Foxtons has seen profits dive as sales activity in London plummets to near historic lows.

The group said full-year pre-tax profit tumbled 65% from £18.8 million to £6.5 million in 2017, while revenue slumped 11% to £117.6 million.

We are pleased to have delivered a performance in line with market expectations.

However, sales activity in the London property market is near historic lows and this had a significant impact on our overall performance in 2017. The group's sales division saw revenue drop 23% to £42.6 million, which it said was a result of "continued market weakness causing lower transaction volumes.

– Nic Budden, Foxtons

As well as property market slowdown in the capital, Foxtons is also grappling with the fallout from a stamp duty hike in 2016 on buy-to-let properties and second homes.

Looking ahead, we expect trading conditions to remain challenging during 2018, and our current sales pipeline is below where it was this time last year.

– Nic Budden, Foxtons