The Free-Standing Retail, Data Centers and Shopping Center property sectors led the overall REIT market in total returns in January. The six Free-Standing REITs delivered a 7.61 percent total return for the month; the six Data Center companies delivered a 3.79 percent total return; and the 18 Shopping Center REITs gained 2.99 percent.

The other two property segments that finished January in positive territory were Self Storage, up 2.66 percent, and Specialty, up 0.13 percent. The biggest decline in the month came from Timber REITs, down 13.22 percent.

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