SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- RBC Capital Markets, which tracks 2,000 chain stores, is reporting that U.S. retailer store-opening plans have hit a four-year high in July 2012. Retailers plan to open 78,325 stores over the next 24 months. The Dollar stores, specialty burgers, and Subway lead the charge to launch branches in now dwindling prime retail space.
COMMENT: The metrics retailers use to plan expansions are growing increasingly more complex with the vast data inputs, matched with macro analysis. What with the emphasis on value retailers and fast foods, it portrays an economy and consumer still deeply affected by the last few years of economic drifting but willing to spend, if the price is right