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Commercial property still on the up

30th May 2014

Commercial property still on the up

Recent statistics from the IPD UK monthly property index are showing an increase of 0.8% in the values of commercial property in April.

The growth was 0.3% down from March 2014 but is still an encouraging sign for the UK property market, which rose almost 8% over the last year: significant, but still below the 2007 levels. 

In terms of returns on investment, the commercial property market was also doing well – better than other investments other than equities – at 1.3%. The figures for returns on bonds, income and equities stood at 0.7%, 0.5% and 3.2% respectively. 

The commercial property sector showing the best rates were offices, with industrial buildings 0.3% lower at 1.5%. The retail sector followed behind, reflecting still-tough retail conditions and market challenges. 

However, London’s all-round and ongoing economic success is reflected in the returns of prime shops, at 2.4% with offices returning 2%. The figures continue to attract international investment in offices in the city as well as other market sectors, while the rest of the UK was not immune to investor focus, particularly those investors and institutions seeking good yields. 

The scenario was anticipated by many experts and analysts on the back of the increasingly positive performance of commercial property during 2013 and the steady stream of investment flowing into the UK market from the Middle East and Asia, including those who were and are hoping to avoid the less-stable markets of mainland Europe. 

Part of the reason for the high values remains the high demand for city offices, particularly in London, and the lack of supply, which is likely to be the case for some time to come, before more office space can be created that appeals to the various businesses and industries based in the capital. 

This news was brought to you by Morgan Pryce, a specialist tenant acquisition agent with offices in Oxford Circus and the City. Morgan Pryce specialises in search, negotiation and project management and works exclusively for tenants.


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