If retailers are interested in global expansion, where in the world should they begin looking for their next prime location? Management consulting firm A.T. Kearney has released its annual global retail development study, which ranks countries by risk (economic performance, debt indicators, political risk); market attractiveness (business efficiency, retail sales per capita, urban population); market saturation (size, number and performance of retailers already within the region), and time pressure (whether the retail sector is developing rapidly, and if the expansion opportunity is right). A score of 100 means the country is primed for retail expansion. "This study is a strategic predictor of where retailers should be going," said Mike Moriarty, a partner with A.T. Kearney. "The higher the score, the better the timing is for retailers to enter the country." — Cecily Hall


Global Retail Development Index Score: 92

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