Nationwide take-up in the logistics and warehouse premises markets in the first three months of 2016 totalled just over 1.47 million m². That not only exceeded the already good prioryear figure by 36 % but also represented a new first-quarter record. And it was more than one third above the long-term average. One contribution to this fine result was the appreciably higher owner-occupier proportion of around 45 % (664,000 m²). An example was the biggest deal noted in the opening months of the year, the new facility for Adam Opel AG in Bochum, with around 95,000 m². But straight rental turnover has also increased, by 24 % to 809,000 m².
In the seven key logistics markets that BNP Paribas Real Estate surveys on a regular basis (Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich), take-up – at 518,000 m² – was on a par with the prior-year level. The inter-city ranking was headed by Frankfurt with 170,000 m, fuelled to an exceptional extent by a huge lease concluded by retail company Action in Biblis for around 83,000 m². In second place came Hamburg with 130,000 m²; this represented the biggest year-on-year increase (53 %). Completing the top trio was Berlin with 87,000 m², which more or less matched its 2015 first-quarter figure. Marked increases on the other hand were posted by Munich, with 59,000 m² (+59.5 %) and Cologne, with 35,000 m² (+25 %). In contrast, both Leipzig, with 21,000 m² (-74 %), and Düsseldorf, with 16,000 m² (-56 %), started the year somewhat reticently.
Source : BNP Paribas Real Estate