Prime retail rents to see further recovery in 2023, with Orchard Road leading the way

A different report by Edmund Tie Research also feature records better indicating the strengthening of interest for retail industry spaces in the Orchard area. Based upon retail possessions tracked by the consultancy, prime first-storey retail area on Orchard and Scotts Roadway viewed the greatest rental development of 7.4% for the entire of 2022 to $39.20 psf each month. In the fringe and suburban areas, leas grew by 6.7% in 2022 to $33.10 psf per month, while in some other city places, it grew by 3.7% to $19.20 psf per month, based on Edmund Tie’s data.

According to data assembled by Knight Frank Research study, prime market leas island-wide climbed up 1.7% q-o-q in 4Q2022 to reach around $26.10 psf monthly. This delivers full-year prime retail rental growth to 2.6% for 2022.

Edmund Tie’s report in addition explains that in 3Q2022, islandwide final absorption for retail spots appeared at 323,000 sq ft, a four-fold surge from the 86,000 sq ft registered the past quarter, signalling enhancing demand.

In its 4Q2022 retail record, Knight Frank indicates that prime retail areas in the Orchard Road area led the way in terms of lease growth, laying out an increase of 3.1% y-o-y in 4Q2022 to $29.10 psf monthly, adhered to by prime retail space in the Marina Centre, City Hall together with Bugis sub-market which signed up a development of 2.6% y-o-y to $23.90 psf each month. The increase in rentals was maintained by a boost in foreign traveler arrivings, in addition to the return of employees went back to the office.

Lam Chern Woon, head of research and consulting at Edmund Tie, expects a more vibrant year forward for the retail estate market, helped by the proceeded healing in the tourist field. “With the bulk of the supply pipeline slated to come onstream in 2023, including The Woodleigh Mall, and retail shops at One Holland Village, Guoco Midtown as well as IOI Central, the supply-demand characteristics are anticipated to be balanced this year,” he adds.

The rehabilitation of the Singapore retail store market got momentum in the latter part of past year, thanks to social distancing actions being calmed and borders restarting. “The retail sector endured and has come through an extremely tough period of unparalleled difficulty, only beginning to acquire traction from the removal of steps from 2Q2022 ahead,” remarks Ethan Hsu, Knight Frank Singapore’s head of retail industry.

The consultancy is anticipating prime first-storey retail rents in Orchard along with Scotts Road to sustain its growth of between 7% and 9% in 2023, even though rents in different retail sub-markets are expected to grow in between 3% as well as 6%.

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Knight Frank’s Hsu is also forecasting prime retail rents to carry on increasing this year, mentioning that the retail industry sector is “in a much better setting right now”, also thinking about the rise in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and a better low-key financial overview. “So long as there are no size restricts to celebrations and quarantine responsibilities for cross boundary arrivings, prime rentals of retail room are most likely to expand in between 3% and also 5% for all of the of 2023, with the prime shopping belt Orchard Road leading the recovery,” he predicts.

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