UK is the least difficult market for retailers to expand into

Annual global retail study: EC Harris

  • The UK has surpassed Germany as the least difficult market for retailers to expand into while emerging economies in the East remain some of the most difficult in the world.
  • The annual Index  ranks 40 important international retail markets according to five factors that have a major impact on successful retail expansion, including: quality of infrastructure, capability of the construction supply chain, legal framework, quality of project delivery and business environment.
  • Whilst many of the top ranking countries are those with established markets, strong infrastructure and a well-developed consumer base, those that rank lower include developing BRIC nations such as Russia and India, and Egypt where recent political unrest has impacted its accessibility and desirability as a market for retail expansion.
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