Property Market Review May 2019

Hotels resist wider investment trends

Savills recent UK Commercial ‘Market in Minutes’ report has revealed that in 2018, all sector investment volumes totalled £62.4bn, a decrease of 4.8% on the previous year. The trend has continues this year, with volumes to the end of April down 15.7% on the same period last year. Interestingly, UK hotels have avoided this wider trend, with total hotel transaction volumes reaching £7.8bn last year, up 45% on 2017 data. The sector has been boosted by the acquisition of a number of large portfolios.

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Economic Review May 2019

UK GROWTH BOOSTED BY STOCKPIILNG

The UK economy benefited from a sharp one-off boost to growth in the first quarter of the year as manufacturers stockpiled ahead of a Brexit that never came.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.5% during the first three months of 2019; this compares with a growth rate of 0.2% in the final quarter of last year. While this clearly represents a strong rebound in growth, the ONS cautioned that the rise was driven by stockpiling as manufactures rushed to deliver orders before the original 29 March Brexit deadline.

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