The softening of economic conditions in recent months should impact commercial real estate markets in the months ahead, according to a forward-looking index for the commercial real estate sectors published by the National Association of Realtors.

The Commercial Leading Indicator for Brokerage Activity slowed 0.9% to an index of 117.9 in the second quarter from a reading of 119.0 in the first quarter, and is 2.1% lower than the record 120.5 in the second quarter of 2007.

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