It’s gloom time for American malls and retailers. Despite the fact that the holiday season is around the corner – a time when consumer spending is at an all-year high – a survey has it that Americans are spending less and less at the malls, preferring to shop online. As a result, many US department stores are facing bankruptcy and closure.
According to Morningstar Credit Ratings data, $128 billion in commercial real estate loans are due to refinance between now and the end of next year.
Wells Fargo says $38 billion of this was borrowed by retailers and sold as commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) to institutional investors.
Online shopping and discounts are the main reason for this.
The US Department of Commerce says overall sales have grown 31 percent from 2009, while department store sales have plummeted 17 percent.
Cumulative losses from mostly 10-year CMBS loans issued in 2005 to 2007 have hit $32.6 billion, according to Wells Fargo.
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Between the end of 2009 and July 2016, e-commerce doubled its share of the retail pie and while overall sales have risen a cumulative 31 per cent, department store sales have plunged 17 per cent, according to Commerce Department data.