Commercial vacancy rates are up for Leitrim.
Leitrim’s commercial vacancy rate increased by 1.1 pp (percentage point) to 16.7% in Q2 2019 according to the latest GeoView Commercial Vacancy Rates Report published by GeoDirectory.
The report, prepared by EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services founded that the national commercial vacancy rate has risen to 13.3% in Q2 2019, an increase of 0.2 percentage points (pp) on Q2 2018.
The east-west divide in terms of commercial activity shows no sign of slowing down, with the highest commercial vacancy rates occurring in Connacht.
Sligo is the county with the highest vacancy rate at 18.9%, followed by Leitrim (16.7%), Roscommon (16.3%), Mayo (16.3%) and Galway (16.2%). Meath was the county with the lowest vacancy rate at 10.1%, followed by Kerry (10.6%) Wexford (10.9%) and Westmeath (11.6%).
Worryingly, 18 counties recorded an increase in vacancy rates in Q2 2019, while 15 counties had higher rates than the national average of 13.3%. The largest percentage point increase in commercial vacancies occurred in Leitrim and Roscommon, rising by 1.1pp and 0.9pp respectively. Laois recorded the highest decrease, with the vacancy rate falling by 0.9pp.
Carrick-On-Shannon had a commercial vacancy rate of 17.6% in Q2 2019, up from 15.5% in Q2 2018.
Accommodation and Food Services Sector
The report also gives a more detailed analysis of the GeoDirectory database by examining the breakdown of address points by sector of economic activity, using NACE* codes. The GeoView Commercial Vacancy Rates Report for Q2 2019 focuses on the Accommodation and Food Services sector. This sector includes restaurants, event catering & food services, beverage serving activities, hotels and other forms of short-term accommodation.
The report finds that 18.2% of commercial properties in Leitrim are involved in the accommodation and food services sector.
The west coast of Ireland is heavily reliant on the Accommodation and Food services sector. 23.8% of commercial units in Kerry are classified as being involved in the Accommodation and Food services sector, the highest in the country. West coast counties Clare (20.5%), Donegal (19.2%), Leitrim (18.2%) and Mayo (17.6%) all recorded high concentrations of commercial units in this sector.
Annette Hughes, Director, EY-DKM Economic Advisory said, “Our analysis shows that almost 50% of all commercial units in the country are located in Leinster, with just over 20% located in the provinces of Connacht and Ulster combined. This is worrying, considering that most of these counties have also recorded higher than average commercial vacancy rates. With a high proportion of counties on the west coast relying on the accommodation and food services sector, commercial activity in these counties could be vulnerable to the impact of Brexit, particularly as a result of currency volatility and reduced tourism.”