12.7% NATIONAL AVERAGE MARKS CONTINUED INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL VACANCY RATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
New reports examines year on year commercial vacancy rates in 101 locations across Ireland
• The commercial vacancy rate in Q3 2014 is 12.7% an increase from Q2 2014 (12.6%) and Q3 2013 (12.3%).
• There are 223,245 commercial address points across the country and 28,251 are vacant.
• The highest commercial vacancy rate of 16.6% was in Co. Sligo and the lowest was Co. Kerry with 8.9%.
• The report provides an analysis and year on year comparison of 101 locations, including 79 towns across the four provinces and the 22 Dublin postal districts.
• Of the towns analysed, Greystones, Co. Wicklow has the lowest commercial vacancy rate at 4.4% and Ballybofey, Co. Donegal had the highest commercial vacancy rate of 32.2%.
• At 7.9%, Dublin 16 had the lowest commercial vacancy rate of the 22 Dublin postal districts.
Date: Commercial vacancy rates in Ireland have recorded a year on year and quarter on quarter increase according to new research published by GeoDirectory today. The report found that there were 223,245 commercial address points across the country, with 28,251 classified as vacant. This gives an overall vacancy rate of 12.7%. This rate is up from the 12.6% reported in the Q2 2014 issue and the 12.3% recorded in Q3 2013.
At county level, the highest commercial vacancy rate of 16.6% was in Co. Sligo. Co. Kerry had the lowest commercial vacancy rate of 8.9%, while the rate in Wexford was just below 10%. Co. Clare’s commercial vacancy rate increased from 11.6% in Q3 2013 to 12.9% in Q3 2014. This represents a 1.4pp increase and was the largest increase experienced across all counties. Four counties experienced a decrease in commercial vacancy rate between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014. These were Cork, Kerry (both -0.1pp), Dublin (-0.3pp) and Carlow (-0.4pp).
As expected, Co. Dublin (22% or 49,018 address points) had the highest number of unique commercial address points. This is followed by Co. Cork (11.6% or 25,950 address points) and Co. Galway (5.7% or 12,824 address points). Leitrim, Longford and Carlow had the lowest number of commercial address points, each with less than 3,000 units.
The seventh edition of GeoView provides an analysis of 101 locations, including 79 towns across the four provinces and the 22 Dublin postal districts and compares them to the Q3 2013 figures.
Of the Dublin postal districts, Dublin 17 recorded the highest commercial vacancy rate of 20.7%. However this was down 0.2pp on the 20.9% recorded in Q3 2013. The second highest vacancy rate was in Dublin 8 where the vacancy rate of 18% was unchanged from the same period last year. At 5.8%, Dublin 16 had the lowest commercial vacancy rate of the 22 Dublin postal districts.
The two highest vacancy rates were recorded in towns located in the north west of the country. Ballybofey, Co. Donegal had the highest vacancy rate of 32.2%. This is 3.9 percentage points (pp) higher than it was in Q3 2013. The second highest vacancy rate of 24.2% was recorded in Inniscrone, Co. Sligo. Here, the vacancy rate increased by 2.2pp between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014.
Connacht had the highest vacancy rate among the provinces in both Q3 2013 and Q3 2014. The Q3 2014 rate of 14.6% was 0.9pp higher than the 13.7% recorded a year earlier. The second highest rate was in Leinster where it increased from 12.4% in Q3 2013 to 12.6% in Q3 2014. The vacancy rate in Ulster increased from 11.4% to 12.3% over the same time period. The 12% recorded in Munster represents a 0.5pp increase from the 11.5% recorded in Q3 2013.
Commenting on the latest Geoview Quarterly Report, Dara Keogh, CEO, GeoDirectory said, “This edition of Geoview shows that while there is a continuing upward trend in commercial vacancy rates it is at a slower rate than in previous reports with four counties experiencing a decline in their commercial vacancy rate over the last year. The report examines commercial vacancy for a variety of towns and found the towns with the highest commercial vacancy rates have seen little change in rates compared to last year with only one of these towns showing a decline in their vacancy rate.”
Annette Hughes, Director of DKM Economic Consultants said “This is the seventh comprehensive report on the commercial (i.e. non-residential) building stock across the country. By examining data at 101 different locations, the GeoView report gives its readers a unique view of commercial activity in Ireland. Evidence of the economic recovery in Dublin, at least, is apparent from the fact that 14 out of the 22 postal districts analysed, experienced a decline in vacancy rates over the year.”
The GeoView Commercial Premises Vacancy Report is published on a quarterly basis by GeoDirectory and DKM Economic Consultants, tracking commercial vacancy rates nationally and by county.
A copy of the GeoView Commercial Premises Vacancy Rate Report is attached in PDF format.
Notes to Editor:
Mr. Dara Keogh, CEO of GeoDirectory is available for interview.
The data in this report relates to dwellings in the database as of the 30th of September 2014.
GeoDirectory was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) to create and manage Ireland’s only complete database of commercial and residential buildings. The figures are recorded through a combination of the An Post network of 5,600 delivery staff working with OSi.
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