Despite the half-yearly city centre take-up figures from the Manchester Office Agents' Forum making fairly depressing reading, Bruntwood decided to make the best of it, writes Simon Binns.
They stuck out a press release saying how they were responsible for 37 per cent of the 303,000 sq ft shifted in the first six months of 2012 - which you'll all have worked out is 112,000 sq ft. Not bad at all, statistically speaking.
It doesn't hide the fact that Manchester's city centre office market is in need of...something. Anything. A big letting would be nice. It's easy to speak of 'iconic' buildings (and there is plenty of building going on), but they've got to be full to have any worth.
The biggest deal of the period was technically in Salford (21,000 sq ft at Bruntwood's Riverside on New Bailey Street) and the next biggest was just 13,500 sq ft.
Requirements from Jacobs (80,000-100,000 sq ft) and BUPA (circa 160,000 sq ft) are the great white hopes for the city centre. But nothing is guaranteed,
Meanwhile, Bruntwood keep on racking up the deals, smashing home a total of, erm, 7,000 sq ft across three lettings at its recently re-polished Centurion House, near Spinningfields.
Every little helps though eh?
Simon Binns is EG's senior reporter for the North of England, based in Manchester email@example.com