Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. mall owner, on Friday reported a 22-percent jump in second-quarter funds from operations and increased its full-year forecast as rising employment helps lure shoppers.
The Great Recession put the $1 billion Duke Realty Corp. project years behind schedule, but progress picked up again in 2011 and 2012. A tipping point for momentum was the long-anticipated Meijer store’s opening in 2014.
By buying Macerich, the largest U.S. mall owner would expand its holdings on the West Coast and add top-tier properties that rarely come up for sale. The offer will be withdrawn if Simon is unable to meet with Macerich to negotiate terms of an agreement by April 1.