Analysts see falling sales as a special risk for mall REITs

08/12/2009 |

Regional malls will be particularly vulnerable as retail tenant sales continue to fall, analysts said. "It's our position that performance is going to deteriorate from here for both the shopping center guys and regional mall guys, but the malls are probably seeing greater drops than shopping center REITs," said Todd Lukasik, an analyst with Morningstar. "Eventually, we think it's going to pressure rents and overall financial results."

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