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Singapore, Manila rise in retail rent rankings

The data may be a little dated, but Asian cities are holding their own in the retail rent rankings.

New York’s Fifth Avenue still tops the list with an average rent of US$3500 per sqft per year. Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay is cemented in second place at $2399 and the Champs Elysee in Paris a distant third at $1372.

(It should be noted, the list ranks the single most most expensive shopping strip in each country, not overall.)

Data released by Cushman Wakefield this month – albeit more than a year out of date – shows the Philippines making the biggest gain: retail rental rates in Manila’s Bonifacio Global City High St were a mere US$56.40 per sqft per annum, but that is enough to make Manila 51st on the top 65 list – up eight places.

Singapore’s Orchard Rd ranked 14th – up two places – at $336.80 and Taipei’s ZhongXiao East Rd 20th, up three places, at $273.20.

The Ginza in Tokyo,  Japan, ranks a modest eighth at $881.90 in a virtual tie with Myeongdong in Seoul, Korea at $881.80.  The Ginza has fallen from sixth in last year’s survey, while Myeongdong has dropped from eighth.

Cushman & Wakefield stresses that the global rankings focus on high street locations. This excludes mall rental rates – and in cities like Manila, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, malls dominate the premium retail landscape, not high street strips.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City CBD retail rents are more expensive than in Bangkok at $150.50 for 32nd place, and $125.40 for 35th respectively. Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ranked 40th (up one place) at $111.

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