London - Capital Shopping Centres [JSE:CSO], which owns 15 of
Britain’s biggest malls, said like-for-like net rental income fell 2.3% in the
first half of 2012 as retailers went bust in the country’s increasingly tough
The figure was £181.8m in the six months to 30 June, with
rental increases in some parts offset by tenant failures, the company said in a
results statement on Thursday.
“The unsettled macro environment remains a significant
influence on the UK retail property occupational market,” the company said.
“For CSC, tenant failures are the most direct effect of the
weak environment, with some short term disruption while agreements are reached
with successor or replacement operators.”
CSC owns more than 16 million square feet of shopping space
valued at £7bn in some of the UK’s biggest malls like Lakeside in Essex,
south-east England, and the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
The economic impact of a sodden summer was laid bare last
week by dire news from major retailers showing that torrential rain had hurt
already weak demand in an economy showing few signs of pulling out of
CSC said footfall was down one percent in the year to date,
outperforming the UK benchmark, which dropped by 3%, due to the fact its malls
were among the biggest and most popular in the country.