Based on my recent survey of retail experts, retailers are starting to feel cautious optimism about the industry and its recovery. Current trends in the industry include luxury retailers bringing their lower-priced lines and outlet stores out of the shadows and into the forefront. Retailers are focusing on inventory management to meet changes in customer demand and preferences. They are looking outside the U.S., pursuing global opportunities in more stable, less saturated markets. Retailers are also looking for effective ways to use social media and other technological tools. Another trend in shopping centers across the country is an increase in non-traditional tenants moving into vacant retail space.
At the link is a recent article I wrote on recent trends in retail.