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Industrial Real Estate Market Ratchets Upward



After a mildly sluggish first quarter, the industrial real estate market posted a strong second quarter, with absorption back up above the 50.0 million square feet threshold, according to a new report.




After a mildly sluggish first quarter, the industrial real estate market posted a strong second quarter, with absorption back up above the 50.0 million square feet threshold, according to a new report.

The report from global real estate services firm Colliers International indicates that absorption measured in at 52.8 million square feet (msf), compared with 39.3 msf during Q1 and 53.5 msf during the year-ago quarter.

Most demand drivers are still in place; however, spiking energy costs are a distinct cause for concern for the economy at large and in terms of fuel costs' impact on moving goods across the U.S. supply chain. That said, only a few markets have forecast a drop in demand in the current quarter -- with the vast majority predicting leasing markets will remain robust in the coming months.

"While the overall economy appears to be slowing, the manufacturing and logistics sectors continue to post healthy gains, supporting a very strong warehouse leasing market," remarked Ross Moore, senior vice president and director of market and economic research at Colliers International. "We remain somewhat surprised that rents haven't moved higher as warehouse availability continues to shrink, but our forecast of a 10 percent increase in lease rates during 2006 still looks attainable."

Second quarter vacancies measured 8.3 percent, versus 8.5 percent during Q1 and 8.9 percent during the year-ago quarter. Warehouse rents increased by 3.2 percent during Q2, after declining marginally during the first quarter. Year-over-year, rents are up 3.9 percent.

New construction during the second quarter totaled 37.3 msf, as compared to 38.4 msf during Q1 and 37.8 msf worth of completions during the year-ago quarter. In terms of development, warehouse space under construction jumped by 6.0 msf during the second quarter to 114.5 msf, versus 108.5 msf during Q1 and 84.6 msf at the end of Q2'05.

Honolulu leads the nation with a 1.9 percent warehouse vacancy rate, while Boston ranks last with a 25.4 percent vacancy rate, according to the report.




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