Analysis: U.S. companies spend billions on stay-at-home tech, boding ill for office properties

 Analysis: U.S. companies spend billions on stay-at-home tech, boding ill for office properties

Downtown San Francisco is seen from California Street during Day One of the citywide shelter in place order amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in San Francisco, California, U.S. March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

  • Remote work a long-term challenge to office demand
  • Shared desks key to reducing office size
  • Uncertainty driven by remote work has slammed office building sales

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – As the U.S. economy reopens, ramped-up corporate spending on video systems and plans to increase shared workspace suggests hybrid work is here to stay, potentially weighing on commercial property prices in New York, San Francisco and other major cities.

After jumping in the wake of the pandemic, sales of tech for facilitating remote work continues to trend higher. Retail sales of USB cameras and computer microphones rose 77% and 36% each from March to May from the same period last year, after doubling from those months in…

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