Tokyo Is World's “Hottest” Retail Market

London Retains Top Spot as Most International Shopping Destination

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Tokyo is the world’s hottest city for new retailer expansion, attracting 63 new retail brands, according to the latest report by global property advisor CBRE, “How Global is the Business of Retail?”. Space in core areas of Tokyo remain highly sought after despite the mixed signals in the economy and an increase in sales tax of 8% introduced in April 2014. Singapore follows Tokyo with 58 new retail brands and Abu Dhabi saw the arrival of 55 new retail brands, ranking the city in third place in the top target markets by new retailer entrants.

London has retained its number one position as the world’s most international shopping destination with 57.9% of international retailers present there. In 2014 12 new brands opened in the city, including American Eagle and Lululemon Athletics. The UK’s capital city continues to be a magnet for international retailers who want to showcase and establish their brand. London was closely followed by Dubai which has 55.7% of international retailers present and Shanghai with 53.4%.

Retailer globalisation continued in 2014 as retail brands targeted a wide range of locations across the world. 164 cities were surveyed and half saw at least five new retailers open a store. Asia features heavily on the list of target cities of new retailer entrants with six out of the 15 cities from the region. Paris and Moscow were the only European cities that featured in the top 10 target markets attracting 41 and 42 new entrants respectively. US retailers dominated cross–border expansion and accounted for 26% of expansion into new global markets, whilst Italian retailers were the second most active accounting for 14% followed by UK based retailers with 11%.

Mid-Range Fashion retailers remained the most active sector accounting for 21% of global expansion, followed by Luxury and Business retailers with 20%. Expansion into the EMEA region was dominated by Mid-Range Fashion brands accounting for 26% of activity, followed by Specialist clothing retailers with 18%.

Andrew Phipps, Head of EMEA Retail Research and Consulting, CBRE
The continued desire for expansion into new cities remains high for international brands and we are seeing a great deal of expansion into Asia and in particular into Tokyo, Singapore and Taipei, whilst, the desire to expand into the Middle East shows no sign of slowing down.

However, more established markets such as London continue to draw international brands as it attracts a phenomenal amount of international visitors and overseas shoppers making it a truly global shopping destination. It remains key for international brands to have a strong presence in London, fundamentally due to its size, transparency and position on the global retail stage.
Andrew Phipps, Head of EMEA Retail Research and Consulting, CBRE
Peter Gold, Head of Cross-Border Retail, CBRE
The core elements of globalisation such as technology and demographic changes are continuing to have a dramatic impact on the retail business. As retailers look to drive market share and raise their brand profile, they will continue to expand and look for opportunities beyond their home territories. We are seeing brands open in diverse locations around the world such as Taipei, Doha and Manila which all feature in the top 15 target markets as well as more recognised cities like Paris and Dubai where retailers are opening more stores as these prove successful.
Peter Gold, Head of Cross-Border Retail, CBRE

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