BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) — Home price in major Chinese cities grew at a slower pace in February, with fewer cities seeing month-on-month price rises, official data showed on Tuesday.

Last month, new home prices in 70 major cities tracked by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) rose by an average of 11.1 percent year on year, slowing by 1.3 percentage points from January, the NBS said in a statement.

Prices for existing homes rose 6.4 percent year on year, compared with an average growth of 7.4 percent in January, according to the statement.

On a month-on-month basis, 57 out of the statistical pool of 70 cities saw rises in new home prices, fewer than 62 cities in January. Prices dropped in four cities and stayed unchanged from a month ago in the other nine cities.

For existing homes, prices increased in 46 cities month on month, down from 48 cities in the previous month. Prices dropped in 15 cities and stayed flat in nine cities, the NBS said.