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Three Megatrends Dominating Global Real Estate Investment

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The below infographic captures three megatrends that are the driving forces behind global real estate investment.

Three Megatrends Dominating Global Real Estate Investment

Three Megatrends Dominating Global Real Estate Investment

According to CBRE, the world’s largest real estate investment manager, the three trends driving the commercial real estate market can be summed up as the following:

1. Globalization

There’s $1.1 trillion expected to flow into commercial real estate in 2016, and much of that money will be stemming from international sources.

World-class cities are seeing more outside capital for all types of real estate. Take London for example, where 60% of commercial real estate has been bought by international investors over the last 10 years.

How can investors make this trend their friend? By looking for opportunities to diversify real estate portfolios across a broader mix of geographies and asset types, and by thinking globally while developing strong knowledge of local markets before investing.

2. Demographics

The world is shifting fast as far as demographics go.

Western countries will be welcoming many more retirees to their ranks. Meanwhile, the middle class in Asia will explode in growth. Once just 500 million people in 2009, it will be 3.3 billion by 2030 – accounting for roughly two-thirds of the global middle class.

Where will these people live?

Cities. About 50 megacities will account for the vast majority of economic activity. (See which megacities are growing the fastest here)

Look at investing in emerging markets that have a rapidly expanding middle class, and look for opportunities to capitalize on areas with large retiree populations.

3. Technology

Lastly, as technology becomes more ubiquitous, it will have an impact on real estate markets from several angles.

The amount of tech workers grew 61% between 2010 and 2013 among the top 15 urban centers. Also, driverless cars will also have widespread market penetration by 2029, and this will reshape and re-map entire communities.

Explore emerging technology hubs for real estate opportunities, and look for opportunities in urban-adjacent industrial properties as businesses establish distribution centers near cities to reduce the costs of delivery.

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Which Retailers Operate in the Most Countries?

From fast-fashion giant H&M to Apple, we show the top retailers globally with the largest international presence.

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This treemap shows the top retailers operating in the most countries in 2023.

The Top Retailers Operating in the Most Countries

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Today, international expansion is a key growth strategy for the world’s top retailers as companies target untapped markets with the highest potential to drive revenue and profit streams.

While traditional retailers have sought out digital strategies as the industry evolves and consumer behaviors change, physical storefronts continue to be a dominant driver of retail sales. In 2023, brick-and-mortar sales comprised 81% of retail sales globally.

This graphic shows the top retailers operating in the most markets worldwide, based on data from the National Retail Federation.

Global Retailers With the Largest International Footprint

Here are the global retailers with the widest-reaching presence around the world in 2023:

RankingRetailerNumber of Countries of First-Party OperationHeadquarters
1H&M68🇸🇪 Sweden
2IKEA51🇳🇱 Netherlands
3Inditex45🇪🇸 Spain
4Decathlon34🇫🇷 France
5Carrefour32🇫🇷 France
6Sephora (LVMH)31🇫🇷 France
7Schwarz Group30🇩🇪 Germany
8Fast Retailing27🇯🇵 Japan
9Euronics International25🇳🇱 Netherlands
10Apple25🇺🇸 U.S.

Notably, eight of the top 10 companies with the widest market reach hail from Europe.

Fast-fashion giant H&M ranks first overall, with 4,454 stores across 68 countries last year. In 2023, the Swedish company earned $21.6 billion in revenues, with its largest markets by number of store locations being the U.S., Germany, and the UK. This year, it plans to open 100 new stores in growth markets, along with shutting down 160 stores in established locations, ultimately decreasing its global store count.

In second is IKEA, with a presence in 51 countries. Last year, the company expanded its footprint in India, launching its first store in the tech hub, Hyderabad. While the company has a broad international reach, its number of storefronts is a fraction of H&M, at 477 total stores worldwide.

Looking beyond the continent, Japan’s Fast Retailing is the top retailer in Asia, operating in 27 countries globally. As the parent company to fashion brand Uniqlo, it also stands as the seventh most valuable listed firm by market capitalization in the country.

Additionally, Apple is the sole American company to make this list, with storefronts in 25 countries. Overall, the company operates four types of retail stores: regular, AppleStore+, flagships, and flagship+. Regular stores often earn $40 million annually, while flagship+ stores typically earn more than $100 million.

By 2027, the company plans to build or remodel 53 stores globally, with the majority located in the U.S. and China.

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