SINGAPORE (Feb 19): Much has been written about the future of retail, including digitalisation and the challenges brick-and-mortar malls face. Managers of retail real estate investment trusts have to juggle several balls such as tenant mix, tenant sales, shopper traffic and operating costs at the same time. The biggest challenge appears to be keeping malls relevant in the age of digital disruption. And, at the end of every six months, the REIT has to announce a distribution per unit (DPU) that has to be stable. At the end of every year, investors scrutinise its balance sheet for declines or increases in the valuation of the portfolio.

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