The seven regional mall REITs posted total returns of 34.64 percent in 2010. That pace of growth is down from the 2009, when regional mall REIT total returns rose 62.99 percent, but is a vast improvement over 2008 when regional mall REIT total returns declined 60.60 percent.

The regional mall REIT total return index at the end of the year stood at 723.82 and is up 249 percent since bottoming out at 207.55 in February 2009. However, the index remains 37 percent below its all-time peak of 1,154.48 reached in April 2007.

The regional mall REIT price index, meanwhile, has risen 233 percent since March 2009 from 80.05 to 266.54 and remains 45 percent below its all-time peak of 488.26 reached in April 2007. The dividend yield for regional mall REITs was 3.12 percent at the end of the year.

Source: NAREIT