The commercial construction industry in the United States has been steadily expanding since 2010. In 2017, some 86.95 billion U.S. dollars worth of commercial real estate were built in the United States. Vacancy rates both in retail and industrial real estate sector show a declining trend and were projected to amount to 11.4% and 6.7% respectively as of third quarter of 2019.
In spite of the growing trend for retailers to shift their focus to ecommerce, retail rents in many cities globally remain sky high. The two most expensive retail locations worldwide were Upper 5th Avenue, New York and Causeway Bay, Hong Kong as of June 2017.