14 Jun 2012
Opinion
News in brief, 14 June
Vivienne Long

June is the month that the Property Council of New Zealand has its National Property Awards. This year was no exception, with a major dinner for 1,000 attendees held at the Viaduct event centre in Auckland, last Friday night.

In our view this is the biggest and most well attended property event of the year, yet for some unexplained reason the media pay it very little attention.

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07 Jun 2012
Opinion
News in brief, 5 June
Vivienne Long

After a few weeks in the USA, and having experienced local hospitality including living outside the traditional tourist areas and speaking with both retailers and property people, we feel we can comment on the general US environment. First off, the global view of the US is of one country, with one style and one opinion on most things. This is far from the truth. Even neighbouring states can be very different from each other, with different traditions and quite different laws.

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28 May 2012
Opinion
News in brief, 28 May
Vivienne Long

We were in the South Island last week, visiting shopping centres for the upcoming Retail Examiner look at NZ’s top malls. There’s plenty going on in Christchurch and Dunedin, and the major malls in Christchurch all seem to be trading well.

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21 May 2012
Opinion
News in brief, 21 May
Vivienne Long

There are some interesting parallels between Briscoe Group’s strong performance and the proliferation of discount stores in the USA. While Briscoe shareholders were very happy with the special dividend announced last week, J C Penney shareholders were lamenting the fact that the company is paying no dividend due to a $160 million dollar loss. So what, if any, are the reflections for New Zealand?

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14 May 2012
Opinion
News in brief, 14 May
Vivienne Long

Last week we commented on our visit to the USA, and on the decline of bookshops in San Francisco – with both Borders and Barnes & Noble gone from the central city. So is this an isolated case, and what does the trend suggest for New Zealand? Well, in the past week we have had the opportunity to explore this observation a little more. It is a fact, bookshops are really in decline in the States. There are few in existence and other options have simply taken over.

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