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Oct 06, 2011

September Same-Store Sales Show Surprising Strength

In spite of serious market-wide worries about another economic downturn, U.S. retailers posted very strong gains in September. Thomson Reuters....More
Oct 06, 2011

Steve Jobs' Legacy in Retail

Last evening brought sad and shocking news--the passing away of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Most media outlets have been devoting a lot of attention to....More
Sep 30, 2011

Google Testing Bricks-and-Mortar?

Google seems to be following in the footsteps of Apple and Microsoft in pursuing a bricks-and-mortar retailing strategy. This week the world's most....More
Sep 22, 2011

Private Equity Invests in Upscale Kitchenware Chain

If you want to know which retail sectors should do well over the coming months, follow the money. This year we've already seen private equity....More
Sep 22, 2011

U.S. Retailers' Push Into Canada Continues

In a deal that's interesting for several reasons (how often do we see two direct retail competitors trade stores?), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to buy....More
Sep 20, 2011

Major Consolidation Ahead for Supermarket Chains?

Investors in grocery-anchored shopping centers might want to do extra due diligence on their anchor tenants going forward: according to our sister....More
Sep 16, 2011

More Store Closings to Come

Specialty apparel retailer Esprit just announced its parent company Esprit Holdings will close its 93 stores in North America, reports The Wall....More
Sep 13, 2011

New CMBS Issue in the Works, Backed By Retail

Investors fearful that the CMBS market would dry up can breath a sigh of relief. JPMorgan Chase is reportedly at work on a $1.2 billion issuance that....More
Sep 07, 2011

Retail Owners Get Into Asset Swaps

Continuing a trend started by Macerich Co. and General Growth Properties several months ago, Developers Diversified Realty and Glimcher Property....More
Sep 01, 2011

August Same-Store Sales Reflect Impact of Hurricane Irene

August same-store sales rose by between 4.5 percent and 5.0 percent. The gains were not divided equally, however, as specialty retailers benefited....More
Aug 31, 2011

Toys 'R' Us Scales Back Pop-Ups

The New York Post reports today that Toys 'R' Us' management decided to slash the number of pop-up stores it will open for the holiday season this....More
Aug 25, 2011

Payless, Stride Rite to Close Hundreds of Stores

So much for the idea that being value-oriented is enough to carry a retailer through today's turbulent market. Payless Shoes has been known for....More
Aug 22, 2011

First Missteps in Canada?

When we wrote our story about U.S. retailers and developers trying to expand in Canada earlier this summer, many market experts warned that entering....More
Aug 11, 2011

Shopping Center REITs Remain Steady in Second Quarter

Like their counterparts in the mall sector, shopping center REITs delivered a respectable performance in the second quarter of the year. Out of 18....More
Aug 11, 2011

Mall REITs Maintain Positive Momentum in Q2 2011

Mall REITs delivered mixed results in the second quarter of the year, but overall, the mood in the industry remained positive, with REIT executives....More
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Senior associate editor Elaine Misonzhnik has been writing for National Real Estate Investor since June 2006 and has covered commercial real estate for more than 12 years. She first became...
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