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This quarter retail investment posted the most significant year-over-year gains of any asset type, according to Colliers. At $18.6 billion, it is clear that portfolio sales are making a comeback with these properties. Colliers points to two prominent deals as illustration: In the largest, EDENS purchased an eight-property portfolio along the West Coast, totaling 1.2 million square feet, for an estimated $577 million. There was also the Necessity Retail REIT’s 45-property portfolio acquisition, which included 3.4 million square feet of retail. 

But will this strong run for retail continue? This week the stock market was upended by earnings reports from retailers that showed a retrenchment in spending by the consumer. The Colliers report, written before this week’s events occurred, does note that recent surveys suggest that consumers begin pulling back on discretionary spending, which “could weigh on retail store performance, at least in the near term, and bears watching.”

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