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Brexit boost for Savills as foreign buyers push profits higher

A surge in sales of London properties to overseas buyers taking advantage of the Pound’s post-referendum collapse has helped Savills exceed its own expectations on profits. 

In a statement to the City the firm said it enjoyed a strong end to 2016 “with the completion of significant volumes of commercial and residential transactions in a number of our businesses around the world and benefited from further sterling devaluation. 

It now says its profits for 2016 - to be released towards the end of March - will be “meaningfully ahead of our previous expectations.”

The statement continued: “Our UK residential business performed rather better than anticipated, with the top end of the market showing similar currency-related drivers of investment activity from international buyers. These factors largely mitigated the anticipated reduction in transactional activity during the year.”

But the firm - which receives most of its global income from commercial property and consultancy - is striking a cautious note for this year, saying: “Against the backdrop of heightened uncertainty over global economic prospects and rising bond yields, we expect a tempering of the strong transaction volumes of recent times in many markets.”

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    I am rather bored of various commentators referring to the £ and its so-called ''collapse''.

    This article shows clearly the wall of money that will come/is coming to the UK in the wake of BREXIT and we should be pleased that tens of billions of £ have been committed by overseas investors - who would only do that if they had confidence!

    This article itself shows the realignment of the £ STG from its sustainable heights pre BREXIT is GOOD NEWS!

    Fake Agent

    The £ has collapsed. You may not like it, but it's true. There is a reason why the FTSE 100 is doing so incredibly well; it's because the dollar is completely outperforming sterling.

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    ''Unsustainable'' heights! - ooops!


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