LOS ANGELES—The retail market had a steady year in 2015, with increased occupancy and absorption but marginal growth in consumer spending. Still, the retail investment community is optimistic about continued growth in 2016. To find out about the trends and the concerns for the year ahead, we asked top retail players Jim Dillavou, a principal at Paragon; Jeff Kreshek, VP of leasing on the West Coast at Federal Realty Investment Trust; Elizabeth Hoxworth, director of real estate at Sprouts;Clare De Briere, chief operating officer and EVP atthe Ratkovich Co.—all of whom are speaking at the ICSC’s Southern California Deal Exchange in Los Angeles later this month—what they are forecasting for the year ahead.

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