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Renewed weakness ahead for German retail

The rapidly worsening economic backdrop has put the brakes on Germany’s prime retail recovery. After showing strength in the second half of last year, take-up has now slowed in most of the main markets and prime rents are falling in some. Looking ahead, the weaker consumer outlook, and high and rising prime retail vacancy rates means we have downgraded our rental growth forecast to falls of around 1.5% this year and next.    

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