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Well past the second anniversary of the pandemic, business travel is showing its first significant signs of recovery. As that recovery gains momentum, a new landscape has formed with the presence of both traditional and new forms of business travel. Amid this new landscape, however, there remains mixed consumer sentiment toward business travel as well as a large gap between current volume and pre-pandemic comparables. STR’s consumer research from May 2022 produced telling insights into this always popular topic.


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March 24, 2023 / Business

Five Chains that Rightsized for Success

From Placer
The past few years have thrown plenty of curveballs at brick-and-mortar retail – and in 2020, headlines announcing store closings and proclaiming an imminent “retail apocalypse” seemed to be everywhere. But while shuttering locations can signal retail decline, rightsizing – taking proactive steps to match a company’s store configuration to actual market conditions – can also be a chain’s first step in regrouping to overcome unexpected hurdles. Retailers that prove themselves capable of reacting nimbly to a changing environment will ultimately be better positioned to thrive over the long haul.
March 24, 2023 / Real Estate

Home Flipping Remains Up In 2022 Across U.S. But Gross Profits Fall To Another Low

From Attom Data Solutions
ATTOM, a leading curator of land, property, and real estate data, today released its year-end 2022 U.S. Home Flipping Report, which shows that 407,417 single-family homes and condos in the United States were flipped in 2022. That was up 14 percent from 357,666 in 2021, and up 58 percent from 2020, to the highest point since at least 2005. The report reveals that the number of homes flipped by investors last year represented 8.4 percent of all home sales, also the largest figure since at least 2005.
March 23, 2023 / Business

As shoe retailers kick off new growth strategies, transaction data projected earnings surprises for Foot Locker and Nike

From Second Measure
On March 20, 2023, Foot Locker Inc (NYSE: FL) reported fourth quarter revenue that exceeded investors’ expectations and remained relatively consistent compared to the year before. The day after Foot Locker’s earnings call, Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) also announced an earnings surprise for its third fiscal quarter of 2023. Bloomberg Second Measure’s transaction data correctly projected the earnings surprises for both Foot Locker and Nike within one percent of reported revenue, beating mean consensus estimates.
March 23, 2023 / Business

What India's ban of TikTok could tell us about the U.S. social media market

From Apptopia
TikTok, the most popular social media app for Gen Z, could be facing a ban in the United States based on fears (maybe facts, not sure) that China is using the app to gain information on US citizens. Another country who is at odds with China, has already banned more than 250 apps originating from the country. TikTok is one of those, and on June 30, 2020, it was suddenly nowhere to be found on the app stores in India. The fallout in the country's social media landscape could have insights into what might play out in the US.
March 22, 2023 / Business

Dining Out With Darden

From Placer
Darden Restaurants is one of the world’s largest restaurant groups. The company owns nearly 2,000 restaurants, from its higher-end concepts such as Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille to its more casual dining options, which include Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. With restaurants across the country continuing to feel the inflationary pressures, how is the brand faring? We take a closer look.
March 22, 2023 / Business

How ESPN Capitalizes on March Madness Fever

From Pathmatics
March Madness is here and millions of viewers will be tuning into this year's NCAA Basketball tournament to cheer on their favorite team, or live out the heartbreak of an upset. And while many die-hard fans will be glued to their monitors, this tourney offers non-sports addicts the opportunity to flex their luck by participating in bracket pools with their friends and colleagues.
March 22, 2023 / Real Estate

Total Construction Moves Higher in February

From Dodge Analytics
Total construction starts rose 6% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $912.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. During the month, residential and nonresidential building starts rose 11% and 9% respectively, and nonbuilding starts declined by 5%. For the first two months of 2023, total construction starts were 17% below that of 2022. On a year-over-year basis, residential starts were down 31%, nonresidential starts were off 14%, while nonbuilding starts gained 6%.
March 22, 2023 / Real Estate

US Annual Rent Growth Slows to Nearly Two-Year Low in January, CoreLogic Reports

From CoreLogic
CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its latest Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI), which analyzes single-family rent price changes nationally and across major metropolitan areas. U.S. annual single-family rent growth continued to slow year over year in January, declining for the ninth straight month to 5.7%. Orlando, Florida posted the country’s largest annual gain for the third consecutive month, while Miami dropped out of the top three highest-growth markets for the first time since the summer of 2021.
March 21, 2023 / Business

What’s in Store for Self-Storage?

From Placer
In recent years, demand for self-storage facilities has grown relative to the pre-pandemic era. For many consumers at the onset of the pandemic, the prospect of spending more time at home induced a decluttering spree that necessitated extra storage. At the same time, many Americans relocated and businesses re-evaluated their office needs – transitions that often required storage space.
March 21, 2023 / Travel

Top 10: Busiest Domestic Airline Routes in China This Month

From OAG
Beijing-Shanghai (PEK-SHA) is the busiest domestic airline route in China this month, with a total of 755,061 scheduled seats between the two airports. This flight route sees a 24% increase month-on-month, and an 8% increase when compared to March 2019. The second largest domestic route is Guangzhou-Shanghai (CAN-SHA) with 649,607 scheduled seats, an increase of 30% compared to last month, and a 23% compared to pre-pandemic levels in March 2019.
March 20, 2023 / Real Estate

Top 10 SFR Growth Markets for 2023 with Greatest Annual Increases in Rental Returns

From Attom Data Solutions
ATTOM’s just released Q1 2023 U.S. Single Family Rental Market Report, which ranks the best U.S. counties for buying single-family rental properties in 2023, found that the average annual gross rental yield on three-bedroom properties (annualized gross rent income divided by purchase price) is projected to be 7.5 percent in 2023. According to ATTOM’s latest single family rental market analysis, that figure is up from an average of 6.7 percent in 2022 in those same markets and marks the first time since at least 2019 that the figure rose across the country.
March 20, 2023 / Business

Advan Notable Hits: Five Below, Inc. (FIVE) & Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)

From Advan
Notable Hit 1: (FIVE:NASDAQ) On Wednesday March 15, 2023 Five Below, Inc. (FIVE) posted revenues of $1.12 bn, surpassing the consensus estimates by +1% and in the same direction as Advan's forecasted sales. The revenue increased 12.7% YoY - in line with Advan's foot traffic data increase of 14.5% YoY at its stores for Q4 2022. Advan's footfall data has a correlation of 0.82 on a YoY basis with FIVE's top-line revenue over the last 15 quarters.
March 17, 2023 / Business

Nike + lululemon Update: Strong Performance Amid Expansion Plans

From Placer
The retail landscape continues to shift, and companies are adapting to meet changing consumer demands and preferences. To better understand current trends, we analyzed location intelligence metrics for two brands successfully navigating tricky economic waters: Nike and lululemon. With interest in fitness and sporting goods still strong, both companies are focusing on new growth opportunities and continuing to expand their brick-and-mortar presence despite the ongoing headwinds.
March 17, 2023 / Economy

After SVB: What’s the Next Shoe to Drop?

From Credit Benchmark
Silicon Valley Bank – 16th largest in the US – is the latest casualty of the Fed assault on inflation. It was regulated as a regional bank, and these are typically local, specialising in one sector (e.g. agriculture). SVB also specialised in one sector – tech – but it had a global reach. With assets of less than $250bn, they benefited from looser regulation and built a loan portfolio of start ups with limited assets, patchy cash flows, and no profits. Customers included Biotech, Fintech, Crypto and even California wineries.
March 17, 2023 / Business

Temu hits 50 million installs, but does it matter?

From Apptopia
Temu, the ecommerce company owned by Pinduoduo, has had its mobile app installed by 50 million people since it launched in September 2022. Even with its late 2022 launch, it managed to become the 8th most downloaded shopping app in the United States last year. Both SHEIN and Wish took about 3 years to cross 50 million installs whereas it's taken Temu about seven months.
March 16, 2023 / Business

Many Ways to Win: Midwest Grocery Deep Dive

From Placer
2022 saw continued foot traffic growth in the grocery category nationwide. And as rising food prices continue to weigh on the consumer, the grocery space remains top of mind for retailers and analysts with their finger on the pulse. Grocery is a regionally-focused retail category, meaning that leading brands tend to dominate specific geographic areas of the country. In this blog, we’ll dive into the leading grocery chains in the Midwest to take a closer look at the ways brands are driving foot traffic to their stores.
March 15, 2023 / Business

Which company is winning the restaurant food delivery war?

From Second Measure
When many Americans sheltered in their homes early in the coronavirus pandemic, meal delivery sales reached new heights. Consumer transaction data shows that in April 2020, combined sales for major meal delivery services grew 162 percent year-over-year and 59 percent compared to the previous month. Despite new macroeconomic challenges such as rising food prices, competition from dine-in restaurants, and increased fuel costs, the meal delivery industry as a whole is continuing to see some growth, though at much lower rates than those pandemic peaks.
March 15, 2023 / Economy

Does Pay Transparency Help Close the Gender Pay Gap?

From Revelio Labs
By this time, you probably already know what day it is: Equal Pay Day. Don’t worry, this isn’t another rant on the pay gap, but rather an examination of a measure purported to address the problem, pay transparency laws. The hope is that through access to complete information on salary ranges, all employees and applicants will be better equipped to navigate salary negotiations with existing and potential employers. If men tend to negotiate salaries more aggressively, then explicit pay ranges remove some of the guesswork that has kept women from negotiating with the same confidence.
March 15, 2023 / Business

Retail, Reinvented: The Rise of the Pop-Up Shop

From Placer
Pop-up shops are nothing new on the retail scene, with Japanese fashion house Comme de Garcons debuting the "guerrilla shop" back in 2004. Since then, more and more retailers have jumped on the pop-up train, seeing the format as a fast, affordable, and engaging way to promote their products. We take a closer look at a few different pop-up retail experiences to understand how brands can leverage this format to expand their reach and tap into new markets.
March 15, 2023 / Business

“GRAB”bing a Slice of Vietnam’s Pizza Delivery Scene

From Measureable AI
Pizza has always been one of the most popular fast food delivery options. After all, who has the willpower to refuse an alluring slice of pizza? Measurable AI is the largest e-receipt data provider for the emerging markets specializing in the digital economy. In light of Pi day yesterday (14th March), we take a look at our own “pie” data – i.e. pizza. In particular, we delve into the Vietnamese pizza delivery market as discerned from our 2H22 Grab dataset to see what insights can be unearthed. Some food for thought indeed.