Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Retail property operators are battling many of the same enemies that the retail sector faces. Poor consumer confidence, competition from online retailers and an oversupply of retail property are among the key challenges. The retail property market showed signs of improvement over 2009-10 and 2010-11 after a disastrous period following the global financial crisis. However, retail conditions faltered during 2011-12 as global economic uncertainty weighed on consumer spending. While vacancy rates have improved over the period, this is largely due to the use of leasing incentives and low rental prices. IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Retail Property Operators industry will grow at a compound annual rate of 2.1% over the five years through 2014-15, to reach $16.7 billion... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The level of capital investment required to operate a property unit varies depending on the size, location and type of retail property. While investment in a single commercial property, such as a small shopfront, might not require a significant level of ongoing administrative or labour input, investment in large properties like shopping centres and department stores is more labour-intensive.
The ratio of wages to depreciation can be used to determine how much capital is used, as opposed to labour. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital, $5.89 is spent on labour, indicating that the industry has a medium level of capital intensity. Labour is required to research and analyse potential investments, monitor tenants and manage and maintain properties... purchase to read more