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

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(Refiles to fix dropped characters in paragraph 13 including changing word to “officer” not “office.”) By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (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 f…

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