FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Housing prices have posted a rather higher than expected increment in December, with a 1.3% jump from November and a 5.2% rise from December 2006, according to the latest Halifax report on housing prices.

Market analysts had expected a lower monthly increase, around 0.2% after November's 1.1% decrease. On the year the market consensus advanced a 4.9% increase. In November, housing prices went 6.3% up.