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Macy's New York

Changing consumer trends take a bite out of Big Apple’s famous department stores

2018-08-16T23:00:00+01:00By Steve Cuozzo

Londoners troubled over the plight of debt-ridden House of Fraser as it fell into administration last week and was promptly bought by Sports Direct should know that the department store scene in America is even more dire. Jumbos are closing from coast to coast while in Manhattan, the historic something-for-everyone ...

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City view: Hammerson creates value for executives not shareholders

2018-08-16T05:01:00+01:00By Roger Bell

Bill Gates has described the book “Factfulness” by Hans, Ol & Anna Rosling as one of the most important books he has ever read and an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world. The tome’s basic argument is that the world is in much better shape than the media ...

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House Roof Window

Landlords’ lofty rooftop plans may be blocked by lease ambiguities

2018-08-15T08:47:00+01:00By Joanna Yates

With space at a premium, rents falling and landlords increasingly challenged to maintain profit levels, it is understandable that roof spaces offer considerable potential. Landlords in both the commercial and residential sector might think about developing upwards – either into the roof space or adding an extra storey. But who ...

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UCEM

Video: surveying apprenticeships with UCEM

2018-08-15T15:41:00+01:00By UCEM (sponsored content)

Across two interview videos, UCEM principal Ashley Wheaton talks to Property Week about the institution’s history from providing correspondence courses to becoming the leading provider of supported online education in the Built Environment, with more than 4,000 students worldwide.

Hannah Parker ZPG video

Video: using property data in the new build market

2018-07-17T09:46:00+01:00By ZPG (sponsored content)

The average UK homeowner is now staying in their property for 21 years, according to data from Hometrack. With this in mind, new homes developers have a challenge on their hands; how do you engage existing homeowners in this slow moving market, and keep ahead of your competition?

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American Embassy

Don’t get caught out – always check who signed the lease

2018-08-15T10:10:00+01:00By Sean Kelly

Emanuele Midolo’s feature on the new US embassy in Nine Elms contains an interesting comment from a US state department official, which indicates that the embassy was funded by property sales including that of the former US Navy HQ at 7 North Audley Street/20 Grosvenor Square.

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