As we head into the second half of the year, researchers and analysts are fast at work predicting what we should expect to see in the second half of the year.

 

Retail sales are now forecast to grow between 6% and 8% to more than $4.86 trillion by the end of 2022. This figure compares with the 14% annual growth rate from last year, which had the highest growth rate in more than 20 years.

 

This week we uncover the trends that we expect to see take light in the second half of the year.

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rise, fall and rise again: How malls have made a historic recovery.
  • State of the State Mid-2022: Everything you need to know heading into the second half of the year.
  • Q1 Benchmark Report: Click HERE to download the report.

FOOT TRAFFIC INDEX

Here’s a look at last week’s foot traffic compared to the same time last year.

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FOOT TRAFFIC TRENDS

Industry insights so you can convert your foot traffic into more sales.

Malls continue to gain occupancy

Malls in the United States are slowly reaching full capacity after years of lackluster foot traffic.

 

Simon Property Group reported an occupancy rate at its U.S. malls and outlet centers of 93.9% as of June 30, up from 91.8% a year earlier. Although US malls saw 1,954 store closings this year, retailers in the U.S. have announced 4,432 new store openings.

 

Last year, the retail industry finished the year with a net addition of 68 stores. Even with all of the closures, this year has seen a net of 2,478 openings.

 

Click HERE to learn more about the current state of US malls.

State of the State Mid-2022

As we head into the second half of 2022, TalkBusiness has released their State of the State Mid-2022 report on the retail industry.

 

As we’d all expect, continued supply chain delays, escalating prices, labor shortages, and the threat of a recession are among the top concerns, according to market watchers.

 

On the bright side,  retail sales are now forecast to grow between 6% and 8% to more than $4.86 trillion by the end of 2022. This figure compares with the 14% annual growth rate from last year, which had the highest growth rate in more than 20 years.

 

As for physical store trends, Salesforce says that  60% of digital orders are now influenced by the physical store. By no surprise, in-store experiences continue to have a major impact on where consumers decide to buy, whether that be online or in-store.

 

Click HERE to read the full Mid-Year report.

Retail Snippets

Report: Self-scanning stores are expected to triple by 2027.

 

Same-day: Amazon launches same-day delivery from some brick-and-mortar retail brands.

 

Back to basics: Connected technology is once again the key to retail industry success.

RANDOM IRRELEVANCE

Treasure hunt: Earth is spinning faster than usual and had its shortest day ever.

 

Sugar shortage: Hershey says it won’t be able to meet Halloween demand this year.

 

Payday: Tonga eruption blasted enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic pools into the Earth’s atmosphere