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January 19, 2011

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Retail Drives Caribbean Growth, Conference Hears…

The retail boom taking place in emerging markets has not skipped over the Caribbean region thanks to the continuing and steady growth of tourism and government initiatives to attract private investment, speakers said Tuesday during the first day of ICSC´s … Continue reading

January 18, 2011

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Back To School!

By Steve McLinden   The retail real estate business is going back to school, not just to tweak its own skills, but also to scout all of the up-and-coming talent already seated in the classrooms. Growing numbers of universities are … Continue reading

January 17, 2011

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The Real Estate Associate Program….

Many of us are enjoying a day off of work to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps we will take a moment to consider his good works and legacy, as well as the monumental Civil Rights … Continue reading

January 14, 2011

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Thinking Outside the Box….

Traditional retailers have faced weighty challenges in recent years. Between the sluggish economy and growth of online shopping, bricks and mortar companies have had to be creative about how to draw new shoppers to their stores, while also encouraging store … Continue reading

January 11, 2011

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Interview with Mary Lou Fiala… Career advice in today’s economic environment…

In this interview with Mary Lou Fiala, Former Chairman of ICSC, she shares her thoughts on what lessons learned and what advice she has for those who are re-thinking their careers in today’s economic environment. ICSCBlog The Voice of the Retail … Continue reading

January 10, 2011

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Online sales grew 12 percent to $32.6 billion during 2010 holidays, report says…

Retail e-commerce spending for the entire November – December 2010 holiday season reached $32.6 billion, marking a 12 percent increase versus last year and an all-time record for the season, according to online research firm comScore. “The 2010 online holiday … Continue reading

January 7, 2011

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ICSC One-on-One Mentoring Program Surpasses 1,000 Meetings!

There is no doubt that the last two years have been difficult ones for the retail real estate industry. The facts and figures—and our personal experiences—demonstrate that no individual, family or company has been untouched by the “Great Recession.” Yet, … Continue reading

January 6, 2011

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December US Store Sales Post 3.1% Gain–Holiday Sales Up 4%; Strongest Since 2006

Based on ICSC’s preliminary tally of 32 retail chains, same-store sales rose by 3.1% in December (lower than the expecation of 3.5%), but missed the media “hype” about how strong the month has been. The month’s performance was good, but … Continue reading

January 5, 2011

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Vacancies up at U.S. open-air centers, down at malls in fourth quarter, report says…

Vacancies were up at U.S. open-air centers during the fourth quarter, but down for regional malls, according to data from New York City–based real estate research firm Reis. The vacancy rate at open-air shopping centers rose to 10.9 percent from … Continue reading