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Sector Overview: Retail REITs — An Industry in Flux

For US retail REITs, occupancy rates are improving, vacancies are decreasing and rent asking rates are increasing, but store traffic and other metrics remain negative. REITs are welcoming non-traditional occupants, particularly food. Just 20% of “A” malls generate 72% of all mall sales in the US.

Sector Overview: US Home and Home Improvement Retailers — Mixed Signals in a Time of Bounty

Annual growth in national spending on home improvement and repair is expected to decelerate in 2019, due to rising mortgage interest rates and flat home sales activity, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Despite this deceleration, other indicators such as home prices, permit activity, and retail sales of building materials are expected to continue to strengthen and drive continued increases in spending in 2019.

Sector Overview: US Apparel Specialty Retailers — Collaborations Are the New Normal

In 2018, U.S. apparel and footwear specialty retailers’ sales totaled $197 billion, according to Euromonitor International, and its analysts forecast sector sales will grow at a CAGR of 3.3% to 2023, reaching $232 billion. Relative to the recent past, 2018’s results were strong. Sportswear and athleisure are driving specialty apparel and footwear sales. We see areas of opportunity in the lingerie and plus-size categories. We expect specialty retailers to continue exploring collaborations, partnerships and global expansion – particularly into China and India.