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Commercial market update Autumn 2023Will they? Won’t they? This is the key question around whether the UK’s base rate will exceed 5.75%. There have been enough mixed messages to muddy the waters – inflation data released in June showed that inflation was stuck at 8.7% in May, which prompted forecasts that the base rate would peak at 6.5% from the current rate of 5.25%.
Office market update Autumn 2023UK office vacancy rate continues to climb. Weak demand and strong supply are resulting in an ever-rising vacancy rate for offices across the UK, which has hit 7.7%, up from less than 5% before the pandemic.
Retail market update Autumn 2023The retail environment remains challenging. The rising cost of living, and recent disappointing weather have led to a further tick down in overall sales.
Industrial market update Autumn 2023Vacancy rate remains low. Net absorption of industrial space dipped into negative territory in Q2 2023 for the first time in 11 years as take up fell back to levels last seen before the pandemic.
UK economic update Autumn 2023Stronger signals that interest rates are nearing their peaks. The UK economy has avoided recession so far, but growth is minimal. GDP rose by just 0.2% in the three months to June.
UK economic outlook Q3 2023The economy settled down relatively quickly from the shock of the mini-budget in September last year and the resulting spike in gilt rates and mortgage rates.
Commercial market update Q2 2023The UK’s economic mood music has been more upbeat so far this year than many would have anticipated in the wake of the mini-budget last year. This culminated in the IMF, traditionally circumspect about the UK’s economic outlook, confirming in late May that the country would not enter recession this year, contrary to its earlier forecasts.
Office market update Q2 2023Office take-up gained some momentum towards the end of Q1 as employees continue to return to the workplace in greater numbers. But overall demand for office space remains muted compared to historical norms.
Retail market update Q2 2023Retail sales fell back in May after rising slightly in April, according to a survey from the CBI, but the overall outlook is slightly more upbeat than at the beginning of the year as consumer confidence continues to climb and the prospect of lower energy bills is factored in.
Industrial market update Q2 2023Average industrial property yields, according to MSCI, which softened sharply last year remained largely unchanged in Q1 2023, as the market absorbed the new economic landscape in the UK.
UK economic outlook Q2 2023Higher than expected inflation dampens expectations for UK economy. Inflation data was higher than expected in May, which has weighed on business confidence, and has pushed interest rate expectations, and the cost of borrowing, higher.
Commercial market update Q1 2023The bond vs property yield spread ticked up in Q4 but remains nearly the narrowest in a decade.
Retail market update Q1 2023Retail sales ticked up slightly in January but are still down on a three-monthly basis from the post-pandemic highs in the summer of 2021.
Industrial market update Q1 2023The strong performance in this sector over the last few years mean that the upheaval caused by rising interest rates and the September’s mini-budget, which caused a surge in gilt yields, was more pronounced than other sectors.
Office market update Q1 2023UK office vacancy rate rises, but masks a two-tier market.
UK economic outlook Q1 2023The economic outlook for the UK is challenging this year, but there is growing consensus that the downturn will not be as long as previously expected.
Commercial market update Q3 2022Bond yields have settled down, but property yields are exposed to some repricing as investors take into account higher borrowing costs.
Industrial market update Q3 2022Rents and capital values surged this year in response to high levels of demand for occupiers and investors alike.
Office market update Q3 2022The central theme in this sector is the flight to quality by investors and occupiers alike.
Retail market update Q3 2022This sector was hit hardest by Covid and the cost-of-living led recession will likely deliver another blow.
Commercial market update Q2 2022Economy is slowing and, early suggestions that we may avoid recession have been swept aside by the Bank of England following on from their August meeting.
Office market update Q2 2022New hybrid model or edging back to prior status quo?
Industrial market update Q2 2022Average industrial yields largely held steady for Q2, with the South East at 2.9% and the rest of the UK at 4.2%.
Retail market update Q2 2022Will recession torpedo Covid recovery?
Industrial market update Q1 2022The rent rise continues: If the classical economists’ definition of inflation being ‘too much money chasing too few goods’ needed a perfect illustration that the industrial sector is it.
Office market update Q1 2022Historically there has been a very strong link between employment growth and increased demand for office space. The employment market is one part of the economy that is weathering the current storm well.
Retail market update Q1 2022with so many bad news headlines over the cost-of-living crisis and geopolitical uncertainty, it is no surprise that consumer confidence has faltered and dramatically so.
Commercial market update Q1 2022The commercial real estate sector has been through an extraordinary year, outperforming other asset classes with total returns of 23.9% over the past 12 months.
Commercial market update Q4 2021It has been a long pandemic, and Omicron provided a sharp reminder that it might not be over quite yet. Despite this, there are signs of recovery in all sectors.
Industrial market update Q4 2021Rental growth continues to rise, hitting 7.2% a year in Q4 2021. Industrial space under construction is at the highest level ever recorded.
Office market update Q4 2021Large year-end London office deals show confidence in the outlook, but TfL passenger volumes took another hit from Omicron in December.
Retail market update Q4 2021Slide in retail rents halts, but inflation and interest rates pose a threat as cost-of-living bites.
Connecting the UKWe partnered with YouGov to survey MPs and councillors about the Government’s gigabit rollout plans and the challenges involved in meeting the national targets. In addition, we surveyed businesses and consumers to gain insight into the level of understanding around gigabit capable technology and awareness of the benefits that gigabit connections can bring.
Retail market report Q3 2021Retail capital values over the last three months have grown by 3.2% (the strongest quarterly rate since 2010) with values stabilising across all retail segments.
Office market report Q3 2021There are emerging signs of polarisation in the office market between top spec buildings versus those of a lower quality.
Industrial market report Q3 2021Industrial investment flows are now not only ahead of the same period in 2020 but also significantly ahead of 2019 levels, driven by the continued strength of investor interest in the logistics sector.
Return to the officeFor several years pre-pandemic the homework rate was around 5%, compared to 1% in 1981. It rocketed to 37% in April 2020 and remains high as pandemic restrictions ease.
Retail market report Q2 2021Retail yields have repriced as average UK retail yields are now 6.8% which compares with 5.3% five years ago.
Office market report Q2 2021Financial service companies are seeking out the best model for hybrid working, with 79% of financial service firms surveyed by CBI/PWC in Q2 2021 reassessing their workspace needs and 82% are planning on implanting hybrid ways of working.
Industrial market report Q2 2021Investment volumes in the industrial sector over last 12 months increase by 75% as investment levels in the sector have soared.
UK retail market review Q4 2020Internet sales are 56% higher than they were in February 2020. Non-food store sales are 27% lower than at the start of the pandemic however, despite this, traditional retailers are continuing to grow their online presence and shrink their bricks and mortar portfolios.
UK office market review Q4 2020UK office market more resilient than expected with declines in values less severe than commentators had predicted.
UK industrial market review Q4 2020Demand for industrial and warehouse space is driven by the economic performance of the retail, logistics and manufacturing sectors.
UK retail market review Q3 20202020 has been a difficult year for bricks and mortar retail. It is a commonly repeated aphorism but nonetheless true that the pandemic together with Lockdown 1.0 and 2.0 have crammed five or more years of anticipated changes in markets into the last nine months.
UK industrial market review Q3 2020The drivers of demand for industrial real estate will continue to evolve.
UK office market review Q3 2020Structural changes effecting the UK office market will play out over several years.
UK office leasing review Q2 2020Coronavirus leads to dramatic declines in leasing activity.
UK office investment review Q2 2020Transaction volumes decline during lockdown.
UK retail leasing review Q2 2020Landlords and tenants shared the strain of pandemic lockdown. COVID-19 is accelerating the trend in the shake-out of retail.
UK industrial & distribution review Q2 2020Transaction volumes declined during lockdown, with investment into distribution most favoured.
UK retail investment review Q2 2020Retail investment market shuts down during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The commercial connectivity impact reportThe majority (65%) of the UK’s commercial landlords have undertaken work to improve the digital connectivity of their buildings, with almost three quarters (72%) of tenants saying that poorly connected offices will become obsolete spaces.
London office market outlook autumn 2018ons has released its London Office Market Outlook report for autumn 2018, which looks at the health of the office sector by examining some of the key performance indicators.
Autumn budget 2018The Chancellor unveiled the 2018 Autumn Budget on 29 October, the last before Britain officially leaves the EU in March next year. In our response document, we present our view on some of the key announcements.
London office market outlook summer 2018Cluttons has released its London Office Market Outlook report for Summer 2018.
The London connectivity report – part one: residential tenants 2018Cluttons has published the first part of The London Connectivity Report, focusing on residential tenants, carried out in partnership with YouGov.