2018 Development

Year-over-year change in U.S. commercial real estate under construction in the industrial, office and retail sectors, updated monthly.
Source: CoStar Group Inc.

—Posted on April 18, 2018


Source: CoStar Group Inc.
Source: CoStar Group Inc.

New development decreased for all property types on a square foot basis compared to January 2018. Industrial construction dropped by 36.0 percent, while Office development fell by 40.0 percent and Retail by 35.0 percent. On a month-over-month basis, the share of Office properties under construction decreased by 21.4 percent, followed by Retail assets at a 15.9 percent decline. Construction activity in the Industrial sector dropped by 11.1 percent compared to January 2018. The retail sector peaked in February 2015 at 44.7 million square feet, but declined by 34.8 percent in the same month of 2016 , followed by a 18.3 percent drop in February 2017.

—Posted on Mar. 19, 2018


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Source: CoStar Group Inc.

New construction decreased for all property types on a square foot basis compared to January 2018. Industrial development fell by 26 percent, Office construction decreased by 27 percent and Retail experienced a 22 percent decline. On a month-over-month basis, the share of Industrial properties under construction fell by 4.8 percent, while Office developments decreased by 6.7 percent. Retail construction experienced the most considerable decline, with a 10.7 percent drop. The Industrial sector peaked in January 2015 at 158.9 million square feet, but dropped at almost 50 percent in the same month in 2016, and lost another 15.6 percent in January 2017.

—Posted on Feb. 21, 2018


Source: CoStar Group Inc.
Source: CoStar Group Inc.

New development on a square foot basis decreased for all property types compared to December 2017. Industrial construction fell by 39.0 percent, Office development decreased by 33.0 percent, and Retail didn’t lag far behind with a 32 percent drop. The share of Industrial properties under construction decreased by 8.2 percent month-over-month, followed by Office assets at a 3.5 percent decline. Development activity for Retail properties experienced the most significant decrease of 10.8 percent. The industrial sector peaked in December 2014 at 168.5 million square feet, but dropped by 43.8 percent in the same month of 2015. Comparing December 2015 to the same month of 2016, the industrial sector experienced a 25.1 percent decline in construction activity.

—Posted on Jan. 30, 2018