Up to 25 Percent of US Shopping Malls May Close in the Next Five Years, Report Says

by | Jun 7, 2017

According to a new Credit Suisse study, between 20 percent and 25 percent of America’s shopping malls will close in the next five years. Researchers predict e-commerce will continue to pull shoppers away from bricks-and-mortar retailers. For many, the Wall Street firm’s finding may come as no surprise as several long-standing retailers have been dying off as the public’s shopping habits shift online. Credit Suisse expects apparel sales to represent 35 percent of all e-commerce by the end of the next decade — an increase from 17 percent presently. Traditional mall anchors, such as Macy’s and Sears, have announced numerous store closings in recent months. Clothiers ranging from American Apparel to BCBG Max Azria have filed for bankruptcy. The report estimates that around 8,640 stores will close by the end of December.

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