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Bucharest industrial rental growth to underwhelm

The positive near-term economic picture means that Bucharest industrial activity will maintain its momentum in H2, but ease further out as spending patterns normalise. But given the city’s large supply pipeline, we expect industrial rents to barely grow over 2022-25.
Yasemin Engin Property Economist
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