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Pulse Retail Q3 2015: Large portfolio sales boost investment volume

  • ​Take-up volume for the year-to-date is 244,600 sq.m., 10% up on the 5-year average for the same period.
  • 63% of demand in Belgian high streets is concentrated in the Big Six Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Liège and Bruges.
  • With the opening of Docks Bruxsel and Rive Gauche in 2016, the pipeline for the coming 12 months is close to 300,000 sq.m., double the annual average of the past 5 years.
  • Prime rent for high streets remained stable at €2,000 per sq.m. p.a. for the prime locations in Brussels and Antwerp, prime rent for shopping centres stands at € 1,600 per sq.m. p.a.
  • 2015 is an exceptional year for investment in retail properties. The invested volume at 9M 2015 was € 1.67 billion, and the main driver were a number of portfolio sales including shopping centres and retail parks.
  • Prime yields remained very low in Q3. Current prime yield for high streets is 3.75% and 4.25% for shopping centres, with retail warehousing at 5.75%.

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