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19 JUL 2018

Retail sector still under pressure

Much of the retail sector is under pressure, as contributors expect occupier demand to fall further, according to the Q2 2018 RICS UK Commercial Property Market survey.

The quarterly survey results are showing that the downturn across the retail sector continues in contrast with the industrial sector, which is attracting solid demand from occupiers and investors.

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Survey in brief

  • Tenant demand and investment enquiries fall across retail as available space rises.
  • 70% of contributors expect investors to scale back exposure to retail given rising CVA usage.
  • Industrials remain solid and offices broadly unchanged.

The retail sector was the only area to post an outright decline, with 53% more respondents noting a fall in demand over the period.