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It’s hardly fair to say that the retail industry is back but there are indicators that momentum has swung in the right direction.  Attendance at this week’s ICSC RECon 2012 conference increased approximately 15% from 2011 and nearly 35% from 2009.  In addition, the total number of exhibitors increased as well.  It was also very obvious that we continue to grow towards a true global economy with attendees and firms from all over the world represented.

ICSC RECon continues to be one of the most important and well-organized events of the year for commercial real estate professionals.  It is hard to imagine a more focused population of decision makers all located in one setting.   It seems that many retailers and service providers alike are “cautiously optimistic” for continued growth in the retail sector.

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