Pipeline supply for retail space rose 4.1% to 509,000 sqm.
The prices of retail space slightly rose by 0.1% in the first quarter 2018, significantly softer than the 1% increase in the previous quarter, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) revealed. The rentals of retail space rose by the same rate at 0.1%, which improved from the 0.5% decrease last quarter.
There was a total supply of 530,000 sqm gross avenue (GFA) of retail space from projects in the pipeline, 4.1% higher than the 509,000 sqm GFA of retail space in the pipeline last quarter.
The amount of occupied retail space remained unchanged compared with the increase of 64,000 sq m (nett) in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the stock of retail space increased by 11,000 sqm (nett) compared with the increase of 18,000 sqm (nett) last quarter.
As a result, the island-wide vacancy rate of retail space jumped 0.01 ppt from 7.4% in Q4 to 7.5% at the end of Q1.
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