Industrial Research MarketNote: Strong Retail Sales Fuels Growth in U.S. Industrial Leasing Activity
There is a strong correlation between U.S. retail sales and U.S. industrial leasing activity. Retail sales continued to rise for the fourth straight year and the wider economy continues to improve. The consumer confidence index ended 2013 at 78.1 – the strongest year-end reading since 2007. As the retail sector, including ecommerce, expands, demand for distribution space and large fulfillment centers rises.