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Scottish commercial property volumes highest in a decade

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Last year saw the most commercial property transactions in Scotland for a decade, at 4,667, analysis from the Scottish Property Federation has found.

At £3.37bn, the value of commercial property sales in 2019 also hit its highest annual total since 2015.

David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation, said: “We’re pleased to see the Scottish commercial property sales market continue to grow in what has been an uncertain time for the economy and businesses. We expect to see this resilience turn into stronger confidence in the commercial property markets during the course of 2020.

“Our analysis shows the strength of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, which between them accounted for more than half of the Scottish market in 2019 in value terms.

“Edinburgh has seen a particularly strong year with several high value transactions occurring in 2019, including the sale of Standard Life Aberdeen’s headquarters and M&G Real Estate’s acquisition of Exchange Plaza.

“Glasgow saw a number of high-value retail transactions by overseas investors, including assets at the Great Western Retail Park and the Sauchiehall Building in the city centre.”

The number of commercial property transactions has increased every year since 2012, with 139 (3%) more sales taking place in 2019 than the previous year.

The total value of sales increased by £136m (4%) compared to the total for 2018.

Edinburgh dominated the Scottish commercial property market.

The capital recorded £1.01bn in commercial property sales during 2019, £379m (60%) more than in 2018, and accounted for 30% of the Scottish commercial property market by value.

Glasgow also saw an increase in the total value of its commercial property sales. Scotland’s largest city saw total sales of £753m, some £229m (44%) higher than in 2018, and captured a 22% share of the Scottish commercial property market.

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