UK commercial property sees positive growth in October

Highlights from October’s UK Monthly Index:

* Capital values for All Property grew by 0.2% in October, with total returns of 0.7%. The divergence in performance between sub-sectors persisted, with Central London values delivering a far stronger performance;
* Offices were the strongest sector – returning 1.0% overall – but this again was driven by the strength of the Central London market, which saw total returns of 1.4% and capital growth of 1.0%;
* Office markets outside the capital continued to underperform in October; however Rest of UK offices saw an improvement on their negative return last month, delivering flat capital growth and returns of 0.6%;
* Industrial property values were flat in October, delivering returns of 0.5%;
* Rental growth at the All Property level fell by 0.1%, with Central London offices largely countering the wider fall, with a rise of 0.4%;
* Property yields on the whole stayed flat in October at 6.8%, with any downward movement now isolated to Central London markets.

Nick Parker, Senior Analyst with CB Richard Ellis, said: "Positive total property returns surprised once again this month, with capital values continuing to defy weaker sentiment, growing by 0.2%. However, the market continues to lack direction, and aside from Central London offices the other subsectors may be nearing an inflection point.

"Contrary to the wider market slowdown, investment volumes are picking up, with total turnover for 2010 looking certain to surpass 2009’s £25billion. UK institutions and foreign investors have been among the most active, accounting for around two-thirds of the total investment so far this year."

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