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January 2017 Newsletter

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Essential Auction News

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017 which looks back at auction activity in December and preceding periods. Having reported on a challenging few months towards the latter part of last year, it is pleasing to see that the industry enjoyed an extremely positive end to proceedings and set new records in the process.

Overall lots offered in December was up over 12%, from 3,336 lots to 3,745 lots, whilst lots sold increased by 9%, from 2,591 to 2,830. This is the largest ever number of lots offered and sold during December, beating the previous highs recorded in December 2007 (3,529 lots offered) and December 2013 (2,675 lots sold).

Finally, the amount raised also saw a sizeable increase - up 5% to £537M, the largest amount realised in December for 10 years.

As ever I welcome any feedback you may have regarding the newsletters or indeed the wider market in general, and may I take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!
Overall Statistics December 2016
Auctions Held in the UK 110
Total Lots Offered 3,745
Total Lots Sold 2,830
Percent Sold 75.6%
Total Realised £536,773,550

National Auction Analysis

Residential lots offered increased by almost 12% in December, equating to 317 more lots being offered when compared with December 2015. The large gain in the number of residential instructions helped propel Q4 into a 1.4% gain in this regard, from 7,246 in Q4 15 to 7,351 in Q4 16, whilst annually the market saw growth of 4.2% equating to 1,136 more lots being offered compared with 2015.

The commercial sector saw a 15% rise in lots offered during December, up from 623 lots to 715 lots, whilst lots sold increased by almost 12% from 508 to 567 lots. The rolling quarter and annual figures for lots offered and lots sold saw single digit declines, but the sale rate remained constant and the all-important amount raised went up by 21%, 5% and 9% for the month, quarter and year respectively indicating a buoyant market and increased lot sizes.

Overall

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

December 2016 October 2016 to December 2016 January 2016 to December 2016
Lots Offered 3,745 (3,336) 12.3% 9,115 (9,028) 1.0% 33,855 (33,241) 1.8%
Lots Sold 2,830 (2,591) 9.2% 6,874 (6,972) 1.4% 25,799 (25,921) 0.5%
Percent Sold 75.6% (77.7%) 2.7% 75.4% (77.2%) 2.3% 76.2% (78.0%) 2.3%
Total Raised £537M (£511M) 5.0% £1,314M (£1,358M) 3.2% £4,685M (£4,491M) 4.3%

Residential

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

December 2016 October 2016 to December 2016 January 2016 to December 2016
Lots Offered 3,030 (2,713) 11.7% 7,351 (7,246) 1.4% 28,002 (26,866) 4.2%
Lots Sold 2,263 (2,083) 8.6% 5,471 (5,554) 1.5% 21,173 (20,845) 1.6%
Percent Sold 74.7% (76.8%) 2.7% 74.4% (76.6%) 2.9% 75.6% (77.6%) 2.6%
Total Raised £320M (£331M) 3.4% £826M (£893M) 7.5% £3,236M (£3,163M) 2.3%

Commercial

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

December 2016 October 2016 to December 2016 January 2016 to December 2016
Lots Offered 715 (623) 14.8% 1,764 (1,782) 1.0% 5,853 (6,375) 8.2%
Lots Sold 567 (508) 11.6% 1,403 (1,418) 1.1% 4,626 (5,076) 8.9%
Percent Sold 79.3% (81.5%) 2.7% 79.5% (79.6%) 0.1% 79.0% (79.6%) 0.8%
Total Raised £217M (£180M) 20.6% £488M (£464M) 5.1% £1,449M (£1,329M) 9.1%

Regional Auction Analysis

As is usually the case, variations across all the measurable parameters can be seen across the regions.

N.B. Figures in brackets denote the comparative period last year

East-AngliaEast Anglia

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 309 (249) 24.1% 222 (175) 26.9% 87 (74) 17.6%
Lots Sold 247 (204) 21.1% 173 (144) 20.1% 74 (60) 23.3%
Percent Sold 79.9% (81.9%) 2.4% 77.9% (82.3%) 5.3% 85.1% (81.1%) 4.9%
Total Raised £51M (£40M) 29.1% £27M (£20M) 35.6% £24M (£20M) 22.6%

East-MidlandsEast Midlands

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 709 (796) 10.9% 601 (651) 7.7% 108 (145) 25.5%
Lots Sold 532 (620) 14.2% 444 (501) 11.4% 88 (119) 26.1%
Percent Sold 75.0% (77.9%) 3.7% 73.9% (77.0%) 4.0% 81.5% (82.1%) 0.7%
Total Raised £73M (£96M) 24.2% £47M (£59M) 19.6% £26M (£37M) 31.3%

LondonLondon

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 801 (815) 1.7% 732 (721) 1.5% 69 (94) 26.6%
Lots Sold 574 (647) 11.3% 516 (559) 7.7% 58 (88) 34.1%
Percent Sold 71.7% (79.4%) 9.7% 70.5% (77.5%) 9.0% 84.1% (93.6%) 10.1%
Total Raised £283M (£311M) 9.0% £223M (£261M) 14.8% £60M (£49M) 21.9%

North-EastNorth-East

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 831 (824) 0.8% 746 (746) 0.0% 85 (78) 9.0%
Lots Sold 623 (600) 3.8% 560 (549) 2.0% 63 (51) 23.5%
Percent Sold 75.0% (72.8%) 3.0% 75.1% (73.6%) 2.0% 74.1% (65.4%) 13.3%
Total Raised £54M (£50M) 8.9% £38M (£41M) 6.9% £16M (£9M) 80.0%

North-WestNorth-West

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 1,379 (1,494) 7.7% 1,099 (1,219) 9.8% 280 (275) 1.8%
Lots Sold 1,015 (1,089) 6.8% 807 (885) 8.8% 208 (204) 2.0%
Percent Sold 73.6% (72.9%) 1.0% 73.4% (72.6%) 1.1% 74.3% (74.2%) 0.1%
Total Raised £125M (£122M) 1.8% £67M (£84M) 19.6% £57M (£39M) 48.1%

North-West-Home-CountiesNorth-West Home Counties

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 424 (337) 25.8% 302 (241) 25.3% 122 (96) 27.1%
Lots Sold 354 (285) 24.2% 242 (200) 21.0% 112 (85) 31.8%
Percent Sold 83.5% (84.6%) 1.3% 80.1% (83.0%) 3.5% 91.8% (88.5%) 3.7%
Total Raised £120M (£106M) 13.0% £66M (£60M) 8.8% £54M (£46M) 18.5%

Northern-IrelandNorthern Ireland

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 281 (230) 22.2% 231 (173) 33.5% 50 (57) 12.3%
Lots Sold 166 (163) 1.8% 129 (117) 10.3% 37 (46) 19.6%
Percent Sold 59.1% (70.9%) 16.6% 55.8% (67.6%) 17.5% 74.0% (80.7%) 8.3%
Total Raised £14M (£15M) 6.8% £10M (£11M) 6.3% £4M (£4M) 8.3%

ScotlandScotland

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 278 (274) 1.5% 190 (188) 1.1% 88 (86) 2.3%
Lots Sold 179 (181) 1.1% 108 (114) 5.3% 71 (67) 6.0%
Percent Sold 64.4% (66.1%) 2.6% 56.8% (60.6%) 6.3% 80.7% (77.9%) 3.6%
Total Raised £23M (£26M) 8.4% £7M (£7M) 3.7% £17M (£19M) 10.2%

South-East-Home-CountiesSouth-East Home Counties

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 1,078 (1,083) 0.5% 820 (855) 4.1% 258 (228) 13.2%
Lots Sold 831 (891) 6.7% 622 (697) 10.8% 209 (194) 7.7%
Percent Sold 77.1% (82.3%) 6.3% 75.9% (81.5%) 6.9% 81.0% (85.1%) 4.8%
Total Raised £223M (£254M) 12.3% £128M (£152M) 15.8% £95M (£103M) 7.2%

South-WestSouth-West

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 564 (638) 11.6% 384 (424) 9.4% 180 (214) 15.9%
Lots Sold 446 (485) 8.0% 302 (323) 6.5% 144 (162) 11.1%
Percent Sold 79.1% (76.0%) 4.1% 78.6% (76.2%) 3.1% 80.0% (75.7%) 5.7%
Total Raised £101M (£107M) 5.7% £60M (£63M) 4.1% £41M (£45M) 7.9%

WalesWales

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 535 (557) 3.9% 418 (447) 6.5% 117 (110) 6.4%
Lots Sold 396 (438) 9.6% 314 (346) 9.2% 82 (92) 10.9%
Percent Sold 74.0% (78.6%) 5.9% 75.1% (77.4%) 3.0% 70.1% (83.6%) 16.1%
Total Raised £41M (£37M) 10.3% £25M (£22M) 10.8% £16M (£14M) 9.4%

West-MidlandsWest Midlands

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 994 (863) 15.2% 817 (676) 20.9% 177 (187) 5.3%
Lots Sold 786 (699) 12.4% 643 (547) 17.6% 143 (152) 5.9%
Percent Sold 79.1% (81.0%) 2.3% 78.7% (80.9%) 2.7% 80.8% (81.3%) 0.6%
Total Raised £118M (£112M) 5.3% £76M (£64M) 17.6% £42M (£47M) 11.5%

Yorkshire-and-The-HumberYorkshire and The Humber

October 2016 to December 2016 Total Residential Commercial
Lots Offered 932 (868) 7.4% 789 (730) 8.1% 143 (138) 3.6%
Lots Sold 725 (670) 8.2% 611 (572) 6.8% 114 (98) 16.3%
Percent Sold 77.8% (77.2%) 0.8% 77.4% (78.4%) 1.3% 79.7% (71.0%) 12.3%
Total Raised £88M (£82M) 7.9% £53M (£49M) 7.4% £35M (£33M) 8.7%

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David Sandeman
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