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Investment in the industrial and logistics sector was particularly strong during the first quarter, and accounted for a record 13% share of overall European commercial real estate investment. The €3.7 billion transacted was the highest since Q1 2008, and adds weight to the results of the CBRE Investor Intentions Survey, which highlighted the sector as an increasingly attractive area for investment. There is growing interest in the logistics sector as an asset class for institutional investment, reflecting a number of desirable characteristics, such as high income returns, and the expected demand boost from growth in online retailing. The current scale of capital-raising and fund launches targeted at the sector strongly indicates that this interest will be sustained.
The UK continued to dominate the market in Q1, but activity was widespread with significant deals in Germany, France, Russia, Poland and Spain.