After the 2012 drop, the European retail real estate market started to grow once again, yet nothing will be as before and the spread of e-commerce is one of the main reasons behind this change. While in Italy the strength of the sector are the 4 to 6 million people that spend their time in shopping centers making the retail real estate an interesting asset for investors.
According to JLL data the increase is mainly in terms of overall volumes and the number of transactions. In 2014 the first grew by 42% compared to the previous year, while the second peaked at 673. Low interest rates and high market liquidity are both elements favoring further expansion: data relating to the first quarter of 2015 show a 19% year-on-year increase. A total of €8.9 bn have been invested, a number that if summed to the investment in high street reaches 10.7%.
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