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Commercial property investment remains high | 22 October 2012

Developers have remained committed to investing in the UK’s commercial property industry, despite a slight dip in confidence, midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk reports.

The latest ‘Commercial Property Confidence Monitor’ by Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets found that even amid reports of dropping confidence in the commercial property sector, major business leaders are still looking to London for their next investments.

The results show a more positive outlook in line with August 2011 expectations, with some 70 per cent of those surveyed claiming they will increase commitment in the sector, compared to only 10 per cent looking to divest.

Medium-to-large businesses are remaining steady, with four per cent looking to invest and the same again forecasting a divestment.

Furthermore, investors are seeing an upturn in confidence, despite what other results may suggest. Twenty five per cent of small businesses surveyed said they expected their investments to display a net increase over the next three to six months, compared to the eight per cent which said so in May.

Speaking to propertywire.com of the results, director of corporate real estate at Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets, Lynda Shillaw explained: “The confidence trends for portfolio performance suggest that investors are expecting any pick up in returns to be driven by factors other than increasing capital values.

“This means that effective asset management and enhancement will be the critical drivers of portfolio performance in the short to medium term. With property companies and funds still looking to invest, they’ll be looking for those opportunities where value can be added to their portfolio.”

Written by David Howells on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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