WeWork rival IWG revenue rises but inflation in focus

Citi Commercial Pte Ltd

OFFICE rental company IWG on Tuesday (Apr 26) warned of higher costs this year due to rising inflation, after posting a rise in quarterly revenue buoyed by growing demand for flexible and hybrid workspaces.

Workspace landlords like IWG are recovering gradually from the pandemic as people return to offices and businesses choose hybrid work models where employees split time between home and office.

The London-listed owner of the Regus and Spaces brands of workspaces said revenue jumped nearly 18 per cent to £613.7 million (S$1.1 billion) in the first quarter ended Mar 31, with occupancy nearing pre-pandemic levels.

IWG said current coronavirus lockdowns in China were hurting its business and that the return to normal conditions there had been “slower than previously hoped”.

The Switzerland-headquartered company has about 3,500 buildings in more than 120 countries and counts 83 per cent of Fortune 500 firms among its customers. REUTERS

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