Property returns are slowly improving.

According to Investment Property Databank, returns in August were -1.1% compared with -1.3% in July.

The latest UK Monthly Property Index showed declines in capital growth slowed to -1.6% from -1.8% in July whilst income returns remained static at 0.5% on a comparable basis.

On a 12-month basis the total return for the 12 months to August was -17.1% compared to –16.1% for July.

All sectors continued to edge lower in August with offices sliding to -1.3%, while retail and industrial property worsened to -0.9% and -1.3% respectively.

Malcolm Frodsham, director at IPD, said: ‘This remarkable cycle has been faster and more synchronized than that of the early 1990s. However, the underlying feature of previous cycles is beginning to assert: that of the underperformance of offices in a downswing.’