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NEW YORK CITY-Retailers in general have a sunnier outlook these days, with forecasts for the holiday season brighter than they were a year ago. But in high-traffic, tourist-friendly Manhattan corridors such as Times Square and Fifth Avenue, it’s not only storekeepers who are upbeat—so are their landlords, who have seen fit to increase rents. In the case of Times Square store space, asking rents are up 107% from a year ago to an average $1,700 per square foot for ground floor locations, according to the Real Estate Board of New York’s biannual retail report, released Monday.

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