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UK economic outlook Q2 2023The UK economy has been more resilient than expected in recent months. Although it is registering minimal growth, there are increasing expectations that the country will avoid a recession in 2023 as inflation falls back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
London office market outlook summer 2018Cluttons has released its London Office Market Outlook report for Summer 2018.