Retail sales per capita of shopping centers worldwide 2017, by country

In 2017, per capita retail sales of shopping centers in the United States amounted to 14,614 U.S. dollars, a higher level of spending than any other country. In comparison, Canadians spent an average of around 10,953 U.S. dollars at shopping centers in that year.

Shopping Centers in Canada

Canada is home to many large malls, including the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, which is over 3.2 million square feet in area. Over the last several years, sales per square foot of shopping mall space in Canada has increased. In 2014, Canadian shopping malls had an average sales productivity of around 689 Canadian dollars per square foot, by 2017 this figure had increased to 770 Canadian dollars.

Shopping Behavior of U.S. Millennials

Millennials, which are loosely defined as individuals who reached adulthood around the year 2000, are a significant force in the American retail sector. Over half of U.S. Millennials shop at least once a week in brick and mortar stores, compared to 44 percent of Generation Xers and 27 percent of Baby Boomers. Millennials prefer to shop in brick and mortar stores because they do not have to wait for products to be delivered, and because they like to see, hold, and try on the products before purchasing them.

Retail sales per capita of shopping centers worldwide in 2017, by country

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March 2017



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