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Harrods named world’s most successful luxury department store

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today May 13, 2019
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Harrods has proven that deep-rooted tradition and continued innovation are key to win the retail race, with the famous 170-year old landmark beating others as the world’s best-performing luxury department store.


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According to research compiled by architects Sybarite and analyst GlobalData, the high-end shopping destination owned by Qatari royal family is the strongest performer by sales per square foot.

The historic building on Brompton Road in London’s Knightsbridge made sales of £2.1 billion in the year ended February 2018, up by 6.8% on the prior year.

Selfridges and Liberty were also named in the top five, with the renowned British luxury department stores getting a boost from high-spending tourists looking to pick up shopping bargains as a result of the weaker pound.

In the ranking’s second place was China’s SKP.

Other high-end department stores in the top 10 included Fenwick and Printemps in France.

Joseph Robinson, GlobalData  consulting director, said: “The highest ranked retailers are all benefiting from their pro-activity in investing in their stores, helping them to offer differentiation and unique shopping experiences.”

Robinson added: “This is particularly important against the backdrop of the relentless rise of online penetration, and the increasing focus among luxury brands on going alone with standalone stores.”

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