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December 22, 2010
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Investing in Retail Properties: A Guide to Structuring Partnerships for Sharing Capital Appreciation and Cash Flow.

  NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has published an invaluable new guide to acquiring, financing, redeveloping and managing shopping centers entitled “Investing in Retail Properties: A Guide to Structuring Partnerships for Sharing Capital Appreciation and Cash Flow.” From start to finish, this volume educates professionals at every stage of their careers…

December 21, 2010
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U.S. Retail Sales Growth Accelerated to 4.2% Last Week…

Same-store sales at a selection of U.S. retailers posted the biggest holiday jump last week, rising 4.2 percent as more consumers finished shopping, according to a survey of retailers. Almost 74 percent of shoppers completed gift buying in the week ended Dec. 18, spurring faster sales growth than the previous three weeks. That compared with…

December 20, 2010
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Holiday Help: People vs. Robots

This holiday shopping season, online retailers are testing a critical hiring decision: machine versus man. Zipping around the floor of a Crate & Barrel warehouse in Tracy, Calif., a cadre of 35 orange robots helps solitary human employees do the work of six people. The squat machines carry shelves with the company's 8,000 different products…

December 20, 2010
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Federal Reserve’s Bullard Says Holiday Season Points To Stronger GDP In 2011…

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said on CNBC today that the holiday season points to stronger GDP growth (than previously thought) in 2011.  Bullard said, "The holiday season is looking good, retail sales are good. That bodes well for the current quarter and the coming quarters." His comment echoes our often-cited view that…

December 16, 2010
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Dept. Stores Dole Out Excess Space to Other Retailers….

  By Joel Groover Department stores have figured out a way to deal with all that excess space resulting from the collapse of consumer spending: They’re doling it out to expanding chains. These store-within-a-store subleases tend to be all upside, no downside for the anchors and the new lessees alike, observers say. For landlords, not…

December 13, 2010
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Don’t expect a discount…

Louis Vuitton has more than 450 stores around the world and celebrates about 70 new store launches, projects and major refurbishments a year, complete with deluxe launch parties — to say nothing of the private dinners and events, like the one last month for the publication of Keith Richards’ autobiography (Richards stars in the latest…

December 13, 2010
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Check out ICSC’s NYC National Conference and Deal Making Event!

We were VERY excited about this years ICSC's NYC National Conference and Deal Making Event! We had 6,250 vs last year's 5700! Thank you all for coming and see you at our next ICSC events! ICSCBlog The Voice of the Retail Real Estate Industry www.blog.icsc.org

December 13, 2010
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Hundreds Gather for Faith Hope Consolo-Hosted Seminar with Lord & Taylor at ICSC’s NY National Conference

Queen of Retail Organizes Women in Real Estate Special Interest Group Celebration, Followed by Presentation, "Lord & Taylor: REMaking Their Legend and Yours"   NEW YORK (December 10, 2010) – More than 300 retail and real estate industry leaders convened for a Women in Real Estate Special Interest Group (SIG) event hosted by Faith Hope…