Chinese prefer to buy luxury goods overseas


Worldwide sales of luxury goods continue to increase according to the latest report by global property advisor CBRE, Luxury Retail. 70%* of all Chinese-led luxury purchases are now transacted overseas, resulting in sales increases in Western Europe of 13.4%, Central and Eastern Europe 18%, Africa 26% and 5% in North America over the last two years.

Tomáš Beránek, Associate Director, High Street Retail and Tenant Representation, CBRE
Chinese purchasers account for 30% of the luxury spend worldwide and 70% of these purchases take place overseas, leading to rise in the sale of luxury goods across Europe and America.
Tomáš Beránek, Associate Director, High Street Retail and Tenant Representation, CBRE

This shift in Chinese shopping habits is in turn providing opportunities for luxury brands to grow their presence across Europe and America, as they become the main hubs for luxury expansion over the next five years.

We will continue to see Europe and the US as key territories for luxury brands looking to expand. Many wealthy consumers from Asia and Africa want to make their luxury purchases in traditional luxury cities. They value the authenticity or added cachet offered by purchasing in Milan, New York and Central Europe, especially in Prague.

In 2015, the top European target markets for luxury brand expansion was Germany with 46% of luxury brands establishing a new, or increasing their current, presence in the country. France (38 %) and the United Kingdom (31 %) were close behind. Central and Eastern Europe increased by 18 %.

Tomáš Beránek continues
Germany, France and the United Kingdom remain critical for global luxury brands.  The challenge is to find the optimum location in areas that are in extremely high demand. We have been solving this situation in Pařížská street in Prague.
Tomáš Beránek continues

Economically, the growth in personal affluence across the world has increased the need for global access to luxury products. With more people able to buy luxury goods, and luxury consumers willing to shop around (including travelling abroad) for the best deals and experience”, retailers have two key points of focus:

  1. The shopping experience Retailers are realising that they need to be more capable of adapting to the needs of overseas customers venturing to Europe and elsewhere. It is also not just about making specific purchases, consumers want to engage with the authentic brand experience that make them feel more valued.
  1. Growth into new markets

As wealth gets spread more evenly across the world, increasing number of countries will follow in China’s footsteps as major sources of luxury spending power.

*Source: Bain & Company 2015 

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