July 2 U.S. strip mall vacancies fell slightly
in the second quarter, while retail mall vacancies remained
unchanged, real estate research firm Reis Inc said in a report.
The national vacancy rate for strip malls was 10.3 percent,
down from 10.4 percent in the first quarter and 10.5 percent in
the second quarter of 2013.
Retail mall vacancies were unchanged at 7.9 percent.
Asking and effective rents both rose 0.5 percent in the
second quarter, but rent growth remained below that seen in
mid-2007, before the onset of recession.
"At 10.3 percent, the national vacancy rate remains far too
elevated to be conducive to faster rent growth, which continues
to lag inflation," Ryan Severino, senior economist and associate
director of research at Reis, said in a statement.
Reis, however, noted that rent growth exceeded inflation
rate in an increasing number of markets.
Apart from markets with affluent households, Orlando, Fort
Lauderdale and Las Vegas benefited from a rebound in hotel
occupancy rates, Reis said.
As expected, construction of shopping center space rebounded
to 1.08 million square feet from 988,000 square feet in the
first quarter, when severe winter weather hurt construction.
(Reporting by Mridhula Raghavan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti