HONG KONG, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) recently released its Q4 2015 Commercial Property Monitor. The Occupier Sentiment Index (OSI) of Hong Kong recorded a double-digit decline for a second consecutive quarter, at -23, signalling a declining demand in the retail market. Hong Kong retail market outlook remains grim. Retail rents are expected to fall sharply; shops in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui will drop by 15% and 14%, respectively.


The Investment Sentiment Index (ISI) dropped from -13 to -21, showing challenging outlook in commercial real estate sentiment due to uncertainly in global macro environment and fading prospects from incoming tourism revenue. Demand in office sector will remain strong and will hold steady in industrial sector, but demand for retail property will fall significantly.

Hong Kong economy is expected to experience moderate growth due to China’s economic slowdown. Due to labour market deterioration and the negative wealth effect in mainland China, asset prices are expected to fluctuate and private consumption growth will continue to be restrained. In addition, fixed investments will suffer amid the weak business sentiment and the projected interest rate hike cycle.

RICS Hong Kong External Affairs and Public Concerns Committee Member Mr Frank Wong said, "Retail industry performance was unsatisfactory in Q4; demand and rental rate for commercial and industrial buildings remain unchanged. As the United States commenced its rate hike cycle, it affected Asia Pacific and emerging markets’ currencies stability and performance in the retail property market. Hong Kong retail industry is currently facing a challenge since high-spending mainlanders are less willing to travel to Hong Kong, and local consumers are cautious with their spending in regards to China’s slowdown."

The Global Commercial Property Monitor is a quarterly market sentiment survey. All survey respondents are commercial real estate market practitioners. The sentiment index introduced by the RICS economic department allows us to track the trend of commercial property. The full RICS report can be downloaded from rics.org/economics.

Notes to Editors:
RICS Occupier Sentiment Index (OSI): OSI is constructed by taking an unweighted average of readings for three series relating to the occupier market measured on a net balance basis; occupier demand, the level of inducements and rent expectations.

RICS Investment Sentiment Index (ISI): ISI is constructed by taking an unweighted average of readings for three series relating to the investment market measured on a net balance basis; investment enquiries, capital value expectations and the supply of distressed properties.

Net Balances: Net balance percentages, or scores, are calculated by subtracting the numbers of respondents reporting ‘down’ from the number who reported ‘up’.

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