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Press release

26 OCT 2017

Scottish commercial market buoyant

The commercial market remains buoyant in Scotland, with respondents expecting capital values to rise in each sector, according to the RICS UK Commercial Market Survey, Q3 2017.


  • Occupier demand rises in industrial sector, but falls in office sector.
  • Rent expectations very strong in the industrial sector, weaker for offices and retail.
  • Investment enquiries rising across all sectors.

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Across the country, occupier demand continued to rise in the industrial sector, but was weak in the retail market and declined in the office properties. This trend was mirrored in rent expectations, which remained strong in industrial properties, but more subdued in the office and retail sectors. Elsewhere, results were stronger from the investment market than in the occupier sector, but investment enquires rose across the board.

Across the UK, occupier demand in the quarter held steady at the headline level, with 5% more respondents seeing an increase as sentiment picks up. Looking at individual sectors, demand has increased strongly for industrial space (net balance +28%) and stabilised in the office sector, having fallen in Q2. Meanwhile, demand continued to fall for the second consecutive quarter in the retail sector.

In terms of valuations, across the UK as a whole, a strong majority of contributors (65%) sense the market is fairly valued at present (unchanged from Q2).