Europe | Logistics

Property Report - Q4 2016

Take-up stabilised well above the volumes recorded since 2010 - March 2016

European logistics remained lively throughout 2016 despite strong political uncertainties brought by the Brexit vote.

The three leading occupier countries, Germany, France, and the UK recorded double digit growth during 2016 and a shift in demand towards regional markets outside the traditional hubs. The industrial and logistics investment market experienced yet another strong year enabling further yield compression.


Take-up stabilised well above the volumes recorded since 2010

- Demand for XXL turnkey units is boosting the market

- Retail and e-commerce contribute to market growth in most countries

- Supply remains tight and new development barely keeps up with demand

- Rents evolved only marginally in 2016


Strong industrial and logistics investment matching the high levels of 2015

- Nearly €25 bn achieved in 2016, second best level of investment after 2014

- Investor interest for logistics is not fading

- Prime yields attained record lows nearly everywhere in 2016

- There is still some space for yield compression in 2017

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