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Deal Activity in Europe Slips in Q2; UK Slides

By on August 2nd, 2019

European commercial property investment fell again in the second quarter of 2019, though the decline was shallower than that seen at the start of the year, the latest edition of Europe Capital Trends shows. The U.K. led the slowdown as deepening Brexit concern and retail sector woes dragged on investment activity.

Weakening economic sentiment, political uncertainty, high pricing, a shortage of suitable assets and structural shifts in demand have all contributed to the slowdown in European property investment through the first half of 2019. Total investment volume for Europe fell 10% year-over-year in the second quarter, compared with a 20% decline seen in the first quarter.

In the U.K., total acquisitions dropped by 46% year-over-year in the second quarter, making it the slowest three-month period for investment since 2012. For the first half of 2019, U.K. institutions spent more in continental Europe than at home.

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Tom Leahy

Tom Leahy

Senior Director, EMEA Analytics

Tom Leahy joined RCA in 2014. In his role as Senior Director for the EMEA region, Tom is responsible for the development and expansion of the market analytics service for RCA’s European clients.

Prior to joining RCA, Tom was an Associate Director and then Head of Research at UK-based property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton. He started his career as an analyst at research consultancy Property Market Analysis (PMA).