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Risk of stronger French industrial rental growth ahead

We expect steady French industrial rental growth over the next few years on the back of a solid economic backdrop and more online shopping. That said, if construction costs and land constraints become more acute, there is a risk that rents climb higher than we currently anticipate.
Yasemin Engin Property Economist
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CEE property values completed the final leg of their recovery in Q3, fully reversing the nearly 5.5% peak-to-trough drop in 2020. With rents barely moving on the quarter, falls in yields did all the heavy lifting in driving capital values higher. CEE yields across all sectors have now dropped back since the start of the year, with the decline in retail yields a notable exception in Europe. Therefore, in contrast to our forecast in our last Outlook, we no longer expect office and retail yields to end the year higher. And with both office and retail rents expected to return to growth next year, there is a risk to our forecasts that yields could fall further. That said, given the cooling economic recovery and structural shifts from e-commerce and remote working, the rebound in rents will be modest at best. Moreover, after 2022, rising property yields on the back of higher bond yields mean that the next few quarters are likely to be as good as it gets for property values.

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The recovery in euro-zone commercial property values picked up in Q3, supported by a small fall in yields and an improvement in the pace of rental growth. While retail rents held steady, the quarterly rise in both office and industrial rents was the largest since 2019 Q4. Demand for prime assets and low interest rates will continue to support the property sector. However, with economic activity expected to slow over the next six months or so, and the outlook for the retail and office sectors still clouded by structural change, we think that the property recovery will struggle to maintain its current pace.

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