The industrial sector experienced a moment of worry several weeks ago amid the mounting economic and financial sector turmoil. That moment appears to have passed, based on Prologis' Industrial Business Indicator, which moved back into expansionary territory in April with a score of 56.2, after falling to its lowest level in 30 months for March. 

Prologis, too, apparently is feeling sanguine about the sector, tweaking its forecast to a 10% increase in rents for the year, given that there has been 275 million square feet of net absorption and deliveries of 445 million square feet to date. 

Prologis' research also reported that the utilization rate stabilized in the 85% to 86% range, which is considered good for logistics users. The rate averaged 85.6% in the first quarter of this year and was close but a slightly lower 84.9% for April, which translates to an absence of shadow space.

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