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Investment activity across the North West continues to rise


Findings from our latest UK Investment Transactions (UKIT) report show that the total value of commercial property investment transactions in the North West increased in Q3 2013 to £313.2m from £292.46m in the previous quarter, continuing to exceed 2012’s total.

In comparison to Q2 2013, this represented a marginal increase of 7% across the region; however a considerable improvement on Q3 2012 levels of £215m.

Industrial sector activity levels up 211% on the previous quarter

The most significant deals to take place during Q3 included Standard Life’s purchase of Travis Perkins industrial unit at Omega North, Warrington for £52.8m, WP Carey’s purchase of Trinity Bridge House, Manchester for £45.25m and Benson Elliot’s acquisition of the Fishergate Centre, Preston for £40m.

The Travis Perkins deal provided a significant boost to the industrial sector with activity levels increasing by 211% from the previous quarter. The retail sector remained strong, accounting for 36% of the total market at £111.6m. Investment volumes in the office sector totalled £46m, this represented a 48% drop from the £95.9m transacted in the previous quarter, but a considerable increase from the £10.5m recorded in Q3 2012.

UK Buyers remain strong investors in the region

Abid Jaffry, Director and Regional Head of Capital Markets at LSH commented: “As confidence within the occupational market increases and the regions offer value compared to Central London in particular, we can expect to see a continued increase in investment activity in the final quarter of 2013. In particular, we should see investment volumes rise within the office sector, where there are currently a number of opportunities being discussed off market. UK buyers remain key investors, accounting for 34% of total activity in Q3; however we are beginning to see increased interest from overseas investors and private equity companies looking for opportunities within the region.”

To view our full UK Investment Tansactions (UKIT) report, please click here.

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