Investment into Europe from non-European investors totalled EUR36bn in 2013, representing a record 26% share of total volumes. However, in absolute terms it was still below the EUR46bn recorded in 2007.
Non-European investors have been the only investor group who have consistently been net investors in each of the last five years highlighting their importance. Domestic and Europeans were net sellers over this period.
North American and Global funds remain major investors but they were also significant sellers. Asian and Middle Eastern funds, from Singapore, China, Kuwait and UAE, were the main investors into Europe during 2013.
Offices remain the most popular sector for non-European investors, with EUR 60.1bn being invested since 2009. The UK accounts for 67% (EUR40.1bn) of this activity, led by significant activity in London.
London remains the favourite city for non-European investors, accounting for 40% of total non-European investment since 2009. This is followed by Paris at 5%.
DTZ Research projects non-European investors to increase their investment into Europe over the next two years, both taking total volumes to 2007 levels and increasing their overall share towards 30%.
Source : DTZ (Groupe UGL)