- The weaker demand for residential real estate reflects the instability of economic recovery as the rollout of mass vaccination progresses rather slowly, exposing the country to the risk of another COVID-19 cases surge. The decline persisted even with modest improvements in overseas Filipino (OF) remittances as the demand is deferred in the short to medium term until the business and economic environment stabilizes.
- The attractiveness of the country to foreign retailers reflects the soundness of the local retail scene amidst the wide proliferation of e-commerce. Built on strong consumerism, in-store retailing is seen to thrive again post-pandemic along with online retailing while the further easing of regulation for foreign investors in doing retail trade will entice more international brands to locate in the Philippines.
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