Retailing billionaire Gerry Harvey is banking on Australia's strong housing market to continue growing after Harvey Norman's first half net profit jumped by more than 30 per cent.

Mr Harvey says housing construction and population growth will continue to fuel Harvey Norman’s sales growth. Moody’s Analytics predicted on Thursday housing growth will slow over 2016 and 2017, but not slump. Wages are growing at their slowest pace on record and unemployment ticked up to six per cent in…