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Number of shopping centers in Germany 1965-2018

Germany has 479 shopping centers. German shopping malls are an expected fixture of urban life and a popular retail destination for both locals and visitors alike. The share of shopping centers located in rural areas and the outskirts of cities has remained very low in comparison to urban spaces.

From 2 to 479 malls

Currently the malls occupy a national total of over 15.4 million square meters of retail space. Back in 1965, the number of German shopping centers was recorded at just two for the whole country. Since then figures have changed significantly. Within just five years, there were 14 shopping centers open to consumers. New ones continued to appear on the German retail landscape until 2017. However, Germany does not have the highest shopping center density in Western Europe – that would be Norway.

The fall of the mall?

Over five million Germans shop in malls several times a week, a trend that has increased over time. Simultaneously, the same can be said for those who shop there less frequently than once a month. While the number of shopping centers in Germany has indeed exploded during the last four decades, it has also remained relatively stable as of late, reflecting the rise of online retail and e-commerce.

Number of shopping centers in Germany from 1965 to 2018

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Release date

March 2018



Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Special properties

as of January 1 respectively

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