With the month of June coming to an end, everyone is eagerly awaiting the second quarter's earnings and market reports. The retail business is anticipated to suffer one of the worst performing quarters as many countries were at near standstill in the last few months.

Telltale signs are emerging from UK where retailers coughed up just 14% of the £2.5bn quarterly rent bill due this week, signalling the deep financial troubles plaguing the industry.

Interestingly, consumers in Australia are coming back strongly with preliminary retail turnover for May posting the largest increase in 38 years, rising 16.3% from a month earlier.

Each week, we will share with you the best reads on industry news & trends.

What caught our eyes this week

Australians Come Out of Lockdown And Spend Like Never Before
Bloomberg - Australians took to the shops in May as the initial easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, combined with stimulus cash flowing into bank accounts, fueled record monthly gains. Preliminary retail figures showed turnover rose 16.3% from April.

UK retailers pay only 14% of £2.5bn rent due this week
The Guardian - Shop landlords traditionally collect rent on a quarterly basis with the bill for the next three months supposed to have been settled on Wednesday. However retailers paid just 13.8% – leaving landlords waiting for more than £2bn in rent.

How Working From Home Is Changing The Way We Think About Where We Live
Forbes - “It takes three months to form a habit,” says Mollie Carmichael, a principal at the real estate research firm Meyers Research. “We have been in COVID for three months, and because of this three-month period, we have gained trust and routine for working at home."

Victoria Fast-Tracks $1.1bn in Project Approvals
The Urban Developer - Two towers at Collins Wharf and the $220 million Geelong Precinct are the latest projects to be fast-tracked by the Victorian government in a bid to kick start the state's economy. Seven development projects worth more than $1.1 billion have been given the nod in the latest tranche of planning permits issued by the state government.

How the e-commerce boom during COVID-19 is changing industrial real estate
JLL - During the coronavirus pandemic, people are buying essentials online more than ever — forcing producers of staple goods to scramble for additional warehouse capacity and companies to rethink supply chains. Online sales increased by 40% between May 26 and June 1, when compared with the period between February 24 and March 1.

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