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According to a Jones Lang LaSalle study of Europe’s most important luxury shopping destinations
London, Paris, Moscow, 18 July, 2011 – The global market for luxury goods has emerged from the financial crisis significantly faster than expected, according to a study of Europe’s most important luxury shopping destinations by Jones Lang LaSalle recently released entitled ‘Glitter and glamour shining brightly - the 100 most renowned luxury brands and their presence in Europe’s metropolitan centres’ London’s New Bond Street is the most expensive luxury shopping street in Europe, with top rents reaching €7,900 per sq m. On Avenue Montaigne in Paris rents reach up to €7,500 per sq m and on Moscow’s Stoleshnikov Lane rents are as high as €7,015 per sq m. Robert Bonwell, CEO, EMEA Retail at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “The luxury sector is the most internationalised in the retail market, with brands adopting true global strategies. Most have big expansion plans into Asia and emerging markets, creating a new class of high-income consumers with an appetite for luxury goods. However the international appeal of traditional high-end luxury retail districts in London and Paris has lead to brands resuming investment in mature western markets via extensive refurbishment and expansion of existing stores.”James Dolphin, Head of EMEA Retail Agency at Jones Lang LaSalle, continued: “Despite the booming online offerings, retailing on Europe's most prestigious high streets remains a very important success factor for the luxury segment. After two years of subdued spending, luxury retailers are responding to the return in consumer confidence with healthy expansion plans. Increased demand for prime space in the best locations is forcing rents up. Other retailers are also looking to benefit from the proximity to famous top-level brands, and this additional demand for scarce showroom space is placing even more pressure on premiums.”Leading international luxury groups have recently reported double-digit sales growth or even record annual sales. Companies’ own store networks have played a significant role in accounting for this success, with business also driven by Asia, particularly the booming Chinese market. The luxury retail sector has also bounced back in Europe; in 2010 one-third of total revenue for some brands was generated with the highest sales recorded in Italy, followed by France, the UK, Germany and Russia. The highest density of international luxury labels can be found in Paris. The top 100 luxury labels operate more than 150 luxury stores, proving the French capital remains Europe’s uncontested centre of fashion and luxury shopping. Only London has a similar density with 125 luxury outlets from the top 100 brands. Milan has just under 90, while Moscow and Rome follow behind with 66 and 59 luxury label stores, respectively.Notes to Editors• The Jones Lang LaSalle report analyses the presence of the top 100 luxury brands (as ranked by Jones Lang LaSalle) in the 21 most important metropolitan cities.• The count of shops in the individual cities exclusively looks at manufacturers’ own luxury shop networks and only covers shops in prime locations and prime malls. • Only shops run under a firm’s main brand are counted; second-line brands, franchised stores and multi-label stores are not counted.• Due to the lack of transparency, branded shop-in-shops in renowned department stores are not counted. • In geographic terms, the analysis covers the downtown area of each individual city, centring on its renowned luxury shopping streets, supplemented by the surrounding side streets where relevant.
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