Retail sector improves slightly in H1’2021 as market activities spike

By Wahinya Henry
Friday, August 6th, 2021 00:00 | 2 mins read

The retail sector performance in the first half of 2021 recorded a slight improvement of 0.1 per cent rental yield to 7.6 per cent from 7.5 per cent in the financial year 2020 due to increased market activities, a new survey says.

Average occupancies and asking rents also recorded improvement in performance by 0.7 percentage points and 0.3 percentage points from 75.2 per cent and Sh168.6 per SQFT in financial year 2020 to 75.7 per cent and Sh169.1 per SQFT  in first half of 2021.  

The general improvement in the performance of the sector was due to among others, aggressive expansion of local and international retailers such as Naivas and Carrefour, according to the latest Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMA) Retail Sector H1’2021 Markets Review.

The retailers took up space previously occupied by troubled retailers such as Tuskys and Nakumatt with the retailers opening more than 13 stores in 2021 in different locations across the country.

Also driving the performance, the report by Cytonn real estate developer says was improved infrastructure which is opening up areas for investment opportunities and boosting property prices.

Positive demographics also played a part with urbanisation and population growth rates at 4 per cent per annum and 2.3 per cent per annum respectively, compared to the global average of 1.9 per cent per annum and 1.1 per cent per annum, respectively according to World Bank.

Market activities

Another factor that led to increased market activities in the retail front, according to the report, was the gradual reopening of the economy.

During the week, Naivas Supermarket opened a new store in Kisumu at Simba Hall, taking up 30,000 SQFT of prime retail space previously occupied by trouble retailer, Tuskys supermarket. 

The decision by Naivas to take up space in Kisumu is supported by strategic location of Simba Hall along the busy Kisumu-Kakamega Highway providing easy access, according to trader Benson Opiyo.

Wahinya Henry

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