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Retail parks were long considered a necessary evil. However, their image changed drastically as they defy online retail due to their function as local suppliers. They now have the full support of customers, tenants, and investors.

According to a recent survey conducted by Ingka Centres, 90% of respondents confirmed their willingness to change their behavior in an effort to combat climate change, but many, ultimately, have remained inactive. This reality is primarily attributed to the fact that most people do not know what they can do, which demonstrates the important role organizations play with regard to helping individuals drive change.

JSE listed EPP, Poland’s biggest retail landlord, today released interim results for the six months ended June 2019 with distributable income earnings up 9% and distributions of EUR 5.8 cents per share, in line with market guidance. Importantly, the company reduced its loan-to-value ratio by 2.1% during the period to 49.8%.

Diversification in real estate is a smart strategy at any stage in the economic cycle to hedge against risks. While some funds try to balance their holdings across a range of asset classes, an alternative key solution is a mixed-use approach to individual projects. Even when schemes are dominated by one usage type, the inclusion of different elements gives the asset greater resilience across market cycles and evolving political, demographic, and economic scenarios.

Around three years ago, Immofinanz, which operates throughout Europe, decided to market its retail properties under the names Stop Shop and VIVO! Today, 80 Stop Shops provide daily consumer goods for Eastern and Southeastern European consumers.

Following its completion just a few months ago, Soravia is expanding its Retail Park Liptovský Mikuláš location in Slovakia. The potential for exciting fashion concepts is tremendous.

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