Will a day go by this month when Hammerson isn't in the news? Perhaps not. The big story today is that the proposed mega-merger between the shopping centres giant and its smaller peer isn't going to happen.
A "flight to quality" is buoying Hammerson, despite the overall weak retail market, as its premium malls in the UK and France prove themselves able to attract both shoppers and brands while rivals flounder.
Big news on the mall front in the UK on Wednesday as property giant Hammerson is planning to merge with major rival Intu, which means the bigger group will have stakes in or ownership of 60% of the country's supermalls.
Hammerson said on Thursday that fashion and sports brands such as Flannels and JD Sports, and personal luxury goods like Rituals and Pandora, accounted for the strongest leasing demand in the third quarter of the year.