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    Tesco reverses real estate ownership strategy

    Tesco has regained ownership of 21 superstores in a deal with landlord British Land as part of the retailers strategy of strengthening its UK business. Under the joint venture between the two companies, an exchange of property worth £733m has concluded with Tesco regaining ownership of 21 superstores, while British Land has taken over Tesco’s [...]

    Neinver reports strong sales across European markets

    The outlet centres managed by Neinver in six European markets ended 2014 with positive figures for both sales and visits, the company said. The 15 centres attracted more than 41.48m visitors, up 5% from 2013, while at the same time sales rose by 10% to more than €952.29m. “Our operating indicators have steadily increased over [...]

    SWF backs industrial conglomerate for European investment

    GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has established a €300m partnership with Exeter Property Group, an industrial real estate investment management specialist. The partnership will invest in logistics properties in key European distribution hubs, which offer easy access to motorways, ports (both inland and sea faring), airports and rail nodes. The partnership said that it intends [...]

    Klepierre and Corio confirm merger to go ahead at end of month

    Klépierre and Corio have confirmed that all conditions precedent to the implementation of the merger of Klépierre and Corio have been fulfilled. The merger is scheduled to take effect on 31 March 2015. The companies announced late last year their intention to merge. In connection with the public exchange offer (the “Offer”) by Klépierre for [...]

    Asda and Decathlon pilot joint format

    UK grocer Asda has struck a deal with Decathlon that will enable the French sports giant to pilot a shop-in-shop format for supermarkets. The arrangement could pave the way for rapid expansion of Decathlon in the UK, a market the company has been looking to grow within for several years, as it takes on the [...]
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    Italy puts its best foot forward as investment interest reignites

    Now is the right time to invest in Italy, where low interest rates, a post-crisis price correction, increased mortgage lending and economic growth have created a strong platform for investors, according to Paolo Buzzetti, president of Associazione Nazionale Costructtori Edili (ANCE). His views supported growing momentum suggesting that Italy is returning to favour, following positive [...]

    MIPIM: Unibail-Rodamco looked at Corio after Klepierre deal

    Real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco looked at the Corio portfolio after Klepierre announced its proposed acquisition but concluded that it did not fit its profile. However, Unibail-Rodamco CEO and chairman Christophe Cuvillier said that the Italian element of its shopping centres was very attractive. He made his comments while at MIPIM in Cannes last week, as [...]
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    MIPIM: Cross-border investment allows cycle flexibility

    Investors should not focus solely on their domestic markets but should diversify their real estate investments in order to bolster returns and to provide more flexibility in the timing of their transactions, according to CBRE Global Investors. Pieter Roozenboom, head of global separate accounts, said that new research at city rather than country level by [...]
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    Investors urged to look beyond Germany’s big seven retail markets

    German residential and commercial real estate enjoyed its best 12 months since the record transaction volumes of 2006 and 2007 last year, with transactions exceeding €50bn according to a new report from German property federation Xentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA). ZIA president Dr Andreas Mattner told RPA that after the uncertainty about residential rent caps that [...]

    Happiness to be measured as Canary Wharf looks to the future

    A project to assess and measure occupier happiness has been launched by Canary Wharf accelerator Level 39 under its smart cities initiative Cognicity. This has been divided into six sub-categories, each of which will work on delivering technology-led solutions by the summer, with a winner in each category then receiving a £50,000 reward and a [...]

    L&G pledges to real estate and infrastructure engagement

    Legal & General Property has acquired Barking Rail Freight Terminal, London for £53.7 million from AXA Real Estate, on behalf of clients and its joint venture partner DMI Properties. The deal reflects a growing interest from the investment giant in schemes, which combine infrastructure and real estate investment. A fully operational rail freight terminal, directly [...]
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    MIPIM: TH Real Estate advocates city over country strategy

    Investors need to evaluate both hard and soft data in assessing the retail real estate opportunities in European cities and must also consider disruptive factors such as technology, according to Alice Breheny, global co-head of research at TH Real Estate. The global fund manager released a report yesterday entitled Think Europe: Picking Tomorrow’s World Cities, [...]

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