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Whole Foods Market

Amazon is less slayer and more saviour of food retail property

21 July 2017

When Amazon announced its intention to acquire top-end American grocery chain Whole Food Markets (WFM) for just $14bn (£10.7bn) last month, the facial expressions of a lot of real estate magnates with a presence in the retail space would have been interesting to see.


UK's retail sector is still very much open for business

21 July 2017

Recent political and societal events in the UK have put a dampener on our summer and, if we look back at the past six months, London and the rest of the UK have certainly been through the mill.

Wellington Place, Leeds

No summer break for real estate investors

21 July 2017

The end of H1 typically marks the start of the summer recess, but this year it seems the UK and European real estate markets do not want to take the traditional break. Global capital remains extremely active with domestic and global investors undeterred by continuing political instability.

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Cycle superhighway

Regulation has a key role to play in infrastructure improvement

14 July 2017

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the world needs to invest $3.3trn (£2.5trn) in infrastructure annually up to 2030. The current level is around $2.5trn. This shortfall will have a real impact on cities - particularly global gateway cities such as London.

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Guy Montague-Jones

Department stores must innovate to survive

21 July 2017

Department stores are having to get creative. Store sales are under pressure because of the shift to online retail, the rise of Amazon and our increasing preference for spending money on experiences rather than things.

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SO Resi will help people understand shared ownership

20 July 2017

As revealed by Property Week last week, Thames Valley Housing is changing the way it communicates its shared ownership offer and re-branding its shared ownership homes ‘SO Resi by Thames Valley Housing’.

Jean-Marc Vandevivere

Teaming with BTR backers a win-win for councils

18 July 2017

With local authorities struggling with central government cuts, it’s unsurprising many have turned to commercial property as an alternative source of income, as shown by Woking Borough Council’s purchase of Dukes Court last week

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