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2013 Hottest Global Countries for Retail Expansion, Potential, and Opportunity

Global Retail Development Index Ranks International Retail Markets 2013 - 2011

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Updated June 23, 2014
When U.S. retailers make a decision to expand their chain internationally, it would be assumed that they would be looking for countries with low risks, high retail market potential, existing modern retailing, and long-term opportunity. But a 2013 report reveals that U.S. retailers may be missing international opportunities in some of the countries and markets where retail expansion is hot, but U.S. retail chains are not.
A.T. Kearney, ranks international companies for retail expansion and development potential and opportunities. The GRDI evaluates 200 developing nations in order to identify and rank the top 30 countries that best meet these criteria:
  • Low-risk political, economic, and structural environment for international investors
  • Population of two million or more
  • GDP per capita higher than $3,000
Each country is then scored for risk, retail market potential, existing modern retailing, and long-term opportunity. Based on these scores, the top 30 countries are ranked, with the hottest global destinations for international retail expansion topping the list.

When comparing the latest 2013 GRDI list with the list of top cities and countries with the most new global retailers entering, there is a definite mismatch. The GRDI list makers seem to think that Brazil has been the hottest country with the least risk for global retail expansion for the past three years. And yet, Brazil had fewer new retail companies moving in last year than Iasi, Romania.

Find out which international retail markets have been designated as "hottest” for U.S. retail industry chains interested in expanding beyond North American borders and into foreign markets in the 2012 list below. This list is arranged by 2012 ranking numbers, with previous data for each ranking provided as comparison. AT Kearney ranks the Top 30 Hottest Countries for Retail Expansion out of 200 developing nations that they study. Hottest International Countries for Retail Expansion in 2012 and 2011:

#1

2013 - Brazil
2012 - Brazil
2011 - Brazil

#2

2013 - Chile
2012 - Chile
2011 - Uruguay

#3

2013 - Uruguay
2012 - China
2011 - Chile

#4

2013 - China
2012 - Uruguay
2011 - India

#5

2013 - UAE
2012 - India
2011 - Kuwait

#6

2013 - Turkey
2012 - Georgia
2011 - China

#7

2012 - United Arab Emirates
2011 - Saudi Arabia

#8

2013 - Mongolia
2012 - Oman
2011 - Peru

#9

2013 - Kuwait
2012 - Mongolia
2011 - United Arab Emirates

#10

2013 - Armenia
2012 - Peru
2011 - Turkey

#11

2013 - Kazakhstan
2012 - Malaysia
2011 - Lebanon

#12

2013 - Peru
2012 - Kuwait
2011 - Egypt

#13

2013 - Malaysia
2012 - Turkey
2011 - Albania

#14

2013 - India
2012 - Saudi Arabia
2011 - Russia

#15

2013 - Sri Lanka
2012 - Sri Lanka
2011 - Kazakhstan

#16

2013 - Saudi Arabia
2012 - Indonesia
2011 - Indonesia

#17

2013 - Oman
2012 - Azerbaijan
2011 - Morocco

#18

2013 - Colombia
2012 - Jordan
2011 - Philippines

#19

2013 - Indonesia
2012 - Kazakhstan
2011 - Tunisia

#20

2013 - Jordan
2012 - Botswana
2011 - Sri Lanka

#21

2013 - Mexico
2012 - Macedonia
2011 - Malaysia

#22

2013 - Panama
2012 - Lebanon
2011 - Mexico
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#23

2013 - Russia
2012 - Colombia
2011 - Vietnam

#24

2013 - Lebanon
2012 - Panama
2011 - Colombia

#25

2013 - Botswana
2012 - Albania
2011 - Argentina

#26

2013 - Nambia
2012 - Russia
2011 - South Africa
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#27

2013 - Morocco
2012 - Morocco
2011 - Panama

#28

2013 - Macedonia
2012 - Mexico
2011 - Dominican Republic

#29

2013 - Azerbaijan
2012 - Philippines
2011 - Iran

#30

2013 - Albania
2012 - Tunisia
2011 - Bulgaria

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