Reports on retail leasing in the fourth quarter of 2013 paint a picture of conflicting trends in the sector. Analysts identified modest gains in occupancies and rents, but tempered them with troubling hints of potential long-term difficulties. Analyses from both Reis Inc., a New York City-based research firm, and CoStar Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research firm, found declines in vacancies at retail centers. According to CoStar, vacancy on a national basis dropped to an average of 6.7 ...

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