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September 08, 2015

Norway: Retail property conference in Oslo, 8th September 2015

GVA CRE Norway, together with Estate Media, are hosting a retail conference in Oslo on September 8th

How to invest and develop the appropriate trade concepts!

An increasing number of transactions in the first quarter provide good conditions for 2015, which will promote an exciting year in retail. Investment and development of retail properties does however require a comprehensive understanding of the new market and the `modern` customer. Changes in consumer behavior, together with new available e-commerce platforms defy traditional trade concepts. In Norway, many shopping centers and retail properties do very well, while others are struggling to increase sales. So what is the difference between success and failure, and how can we reverse a negative trend? How do we select properties and areas that are best suited for retail, and how does this establish winning trade concepts? The challenges and opportunities are numerous therefore the Retail Property Conference provides better knowledge of how to become a winner in today`s market.

Jason Sibthorpe, Regional Senior Director, London and Chairman of Retail Hotels & Leisure at Bilfinger GVA and John Fell, Director & Owner of FSP Retail Business Consultants will contribute to the conference with the lecture:

Understanding the modern consumer and their impact on retail operations, development and investment

Growing consumer and business confidence is feeding into the market to increase retail spending. Despite this, conditions in the retail sector remain challenging, and many local factors affect the retail market in many countries. Understanding the modern consumer is very important in order to plan retail operations, development and investment.

Among other speakers are Pål Fosdal (CEO NCM), Marcel Kokkeel (CEO Citycon Finland), Ellen Solberg (Director Mall Management KLP Eiendom), Rolf Thorsen (CEO Oslo Development) and Geir Langbakken (CEO TIRAGE).