A recent report by LaSalle Investment Management says stocksissued by real estate investment trusts have outperformed mostmarket benchmarks this year due to the underlying health of thereal estate industry.

REITs, as measured by the NAREIT Real Estate Equities Index,posted an 11.4% return in the first six months of 2001, beating thelosses posted by most major indexes.

Safety was a primary motivator for investors' interest in REITstocks.

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