Strong Retail Sales Growth vs Strong Retail Space Development and Vacancy Rates

Retail sales growth remains solid in real terms, having averaged 3.3% for the 1st 5 months of 2016, similar to the average growth for 2015 as a whole. This is impressive, given that SA’s economy has hardly been growing at all in recent times.

However, it isn’t obvious that such growth will contain vacancy rates in retail space on a national average basis, because the pace of new development of space has also been quite brisk, and much will depend on the future pace of both retail sales and retail building activity.

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