Report | Creating Resilience
Singapore Market Outlook 2024
January 30, 2024 30 Minute Read
Despite avoiding a recession in 2023, Singapore continues to face external headwinds from weak growth in major economies. Activity in outward-oriented sectors is thus expected to remain subdued in H1 2024. However, sustained recovery in air travel and tourism, and resilient labour market conditions will support growth in the tourism, aviation-related and consumer-facing sectors. GDP is forecasted to grow 1 – 3% in 2024, faster than 2023’s 1.2% y-o-y growth.
While leasing demand from the tech sector fell in 2023, Singapore’s office market has been resilient, with diversified demand drivers such as consumer, private wealth and flexible workspace sectors. Sentiment could pick up in H2 2024 as interest rates and inflationary pressures ease, economy strengthens, and companies regain confidence to embark on expansionary plans.
With some 3PLs in consolidation mode, leasing demand is expected to be more diversified in 2024. Life sciences and technology occupiers remain active in seeking quality spaces, while the manufacturing rebound should translate into more leasing activity by electronics, general manufacturing and engineering firms.
- Ongoing challenges could curtail retailers' expansionary demand this year. However, Tourism remains a bright spot on the back of a strong pipeline of concerts and events. Expectations of a full tourism recovery, coupled with limited supply completions in 2024, should lend support to retail rents.
Rental and price growth moderated in 2023 alongside sluggish sales and ample completions. Growth momentum is expected to ease further in 2024 amid increasing resistance to high price points and as the rental market digests higher supply from peak completions in 2023.
Despite cautious investor sentiments through 2023, there is ample liquidity waiting on the sidelines. Due to its macroeconomic stability, pro-business environment and political-neutral stance, investors remain confident and interested in Singapore real estate assets for portfolio diversification and wealth preservation.