LONDON-Commercial real estate in central and eastern Europe is in the same market phase and offers the same opportunities as southern Europe some 10 years ago, according to Neil Turner, CEO Germany of global asset manager Schroder Property.

In a new report, he wrote that 2011 will show falling yields for commercial property as investment liquidity is going to improve and valuation discounts for large spaces, such as in malls, will decline. Retail buildings and malls are less economically dependent than office, thus currently recovering at a faster rate. Schroders expects a moderate export-driven upturn in the economy in the coming year. Sweden and France are the most promising retail locations in western Europe.

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