Cushman & Wakefield: Global retail markets rebound strongly

Despite the fragile economic recovery and subdued consumer sentiment in many countries, global retail markets have rebounded strongly during the last year according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Fifth Avenue, New York

New York's Fifth Avenue retained its spot as the most expensive shopping street in the world.

Over four-fifths (81%) of the 63 countries surveyed by the global real estate adviser for its Main Streets Across the World report recorded prime rents increasing or remaining static over the year to June. This represents a large increase on the previous year (66%). Around one fifth of countries (19%) saw rents falling, compared with over one third (34%) in 2010.

The report provides a barometer of the global retail market, tracking rents in the top 278 shopping locations across 63 countries. It includes a ranking, produced using the most expensive location in each of the countries.

New York's Fifth Avenue, where rents jumped by 21.6%, retained its spot as the most expensive shopping street in the world for the 10th year running. Causeway Bay in Hong Kong remained in second place and Tokyo's Ginza in third.

The biggest climber in the top 10 was Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia, which jumped from ninth place to fourth following major redevelopments. Rents in the pedestrian street leapt by 33.3% year-on-year. Despite a rental increase of 4.3%, London's New Bond Street dropped two rankings, from fourth to sixth. The UK street falls behind Avenue des Champs-Elys

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