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Gradual flexible office recovery underway

Having been hit hard in 2020, improving economic conditions supported flexible office take-up in 2021, albeit caution and consolidation limited the net increase in space. While we expect take-up to remain low compared to the pre-virus period, we think it will improve in 2022, with demand for flexibility and the lower cost of desk space in some markets encouraging a shift towards flexible space.
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Non-Euro European Commercial Property Chart Book

Scandinavia & Switzerland: Value gains set to slow

The recovery continued in the Scandinavian and Swiss economies and their property markets in Q1. It was a record first quarter for investment in Scandinavia. And annual capital value growth was robust for office and industrial, while retail values rebounded from their pandemic lows. However, pent-up demand from the pandemic will wane and the sharp rise in bond yields is already squeezing property valuations. As such, investment activity should slow over the course of the year, while we think property yields will reach their troughs.

24 May 2022

Non-Euro European Commercial Property Chart Book

Emerging Europe: Rental growth steps up

CEE economies and property markets started the year on a solid footing. Strong quarterly increases in office and industrial rents supported CEE all-property values in Q1, though yield compression slowed. However, rental growth is likely to drop back further ahead as economic growth decelerates, supply rises and structural changes take their toll. And we expect all-property yield compression to come to a halt, given increases in bond yields and signs of a shift in investor sentiment towards some CEE markets. As such, capital value growth is likely to slow sharply by year end. Property Drop-In (19th May): What will rising interest rates mean for commercial property returns in the US, UK and Europe? Join our 20-minute briefing on the outlook for returns on Thursday. Register now.

19 May 2022

Euro-zone Commercial Property Chart Book

Slower yield compression weighs on capital growth

Euro-zone commercial property values made further gains in Q1. Quarterly rental growth was strongest for industrial, though office and retail rents also rose. However, the pace of yield compression reduced, limiting capital value growth. And we expect this slowdown to continue, given the weaker economic outlook and expected rises in interest rates and bond yields, which mean property yields are likely to reach their trough this year. Property Drop-In (19th May): What will rising interest rates mean for commercial property returns in the US, UK and Europe? Join our 20-minute briefing on the outlook for returns on Thursday. Register now.

18 May 2022

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European Commercial Property Update

What’s in store for retail this year?

An expected improvement in spending is encouraging for prime high streets this year. Nevertheless, with a growing share of retail turnover made online and city-based retail more vulnerable to remote working, prime high street rental growth is generally expected to be weak by past standards.

10 January 2022

European Commercial Property Update

Our key calls for European property in 2022

We don’t expect slower near-term economic growth to derail the property upturn in 2022. Rather, we think that continued falls in property yields and a rebound in all-property rents will support further increases in capital values. That said, the pace of recovery is expected to slow, meaning that property returns in 2022 are likely to be lower than last year.

6 January 2022

European Commercial Property Update

Diagnosing the opportunity in European life sciences

The pandemic-driven boost in scientific research and development will support demand in the European life science sector, at least for the next few years. This bodes well for several markets we forecast, including Warsaw and Copenhagen.

20 December 2021
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