Industrial portfolio sales soar but total volumes set to slide

Growth of portfolio deals 2018

Industrial portfolio investment is growing at more than four times the rate of alternatives, but despite the strong performance from both sectors, overall portfolio investment for 2018 is expected to fall short of 2017 levels.

Industrial sales leapt 40% to £1.63bn in the year to 29 September from £1.18bn in the same period last year, reveals Gerald Eve’s latest portfolio investment market report. By contrast, sales in the alternatives sector were up 9%, although it continues to dominate activity, accounting for £3.81bn – or 61% – of total activity.

While current total sales for the year to date of £6.24bn are likely to almost double to £12bn by the year-end, this would be 17% down on the £14.4bn recorded for the whole of 2017. The firm blames a stronger-than-usual Q4 2017, which it says will be “a difficult quarter to replicate”, as well as fewer retail and mixed-use portfolio sales and a 50% decline in activity among listed entities.

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