SNL: REITs 12.1% Higher in Q1

April 1, 2004 ( - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) followed up 2003's stellar performance with a 12.1% return in the first quarter of 2004.

Following up last year’s 37.5% return, the first quarter’s closing was an all-time high for the SNL Equity REIT Index.   By comparison, the S&P 500 and the Russell 3000 returned 1.3% and 2.2% respectively during the first quarter, according to a news release.

Particularly strong performances in the sector were notched during the quarter by retail REITs (18.9%), health-care REITs (17.2%) and industrial REITs (12.6%).   Among the lagging property sectors, residential posted a total return of 4.6%.

Conversely, the office sector underperformed the SNL Equity REIT Index during the first quarter of 2004 with a total return of 9.5%.

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