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CoStar’s Q1 2018 UK Commercial Property Investment Report: Momentum eased but alternatives continued to shine

By Mark Stansfield - Tuesday, May 08, 2018 11:48

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Momentum eased in the UK commercial property investment market in Q1 2018, although demand for ‘alternative’ and regional assets remained robust, according to CoStar’s newly released investment report.

At £12bn, total spending in Q1 2018 was up 10% compared with Q1 2017. However, it represented a 36% drop from Q4 2017, the biggest quarterly fall in 10 years. The number of transactions also slumped to its lowest level since Q3 2016.

Key themes during the quarter include the soaring popularity of alternative investments (particularly hotels and student accommodation), investors continuing to pivot toward the regions, and the persistent weakness of the retail sector amid a flurry of retailer administrations.

For more trends and statistics in UK commercial property, plus a special feature on German cities by THOMAS DAILY, please click here to access our Q1 2018 UK Commercial Property Investment Report.

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