towns and administrative districts in the analysis 


places improvement in rankings by the top achievers since 2010 


median of the Top 7 cities in the overall ranking 

Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg

increase their share 

Leipzig and Dresden

are top achievers amongst the regional centres since 2010

Scoring model identifies promising German investment regions

Using historical and projected socio-demographic, regional economic and the sector-relevant retail data, the CBRE Retail Investment Scoring model (RIS) analyses the dynamic and therefore the attractiveness of the administrative districts and autonomous towns and cities in Germany as potential investment locations.

All investment centres in the top 25 in the overall ranking

In this year's Retail Investment Scoring, both the Top 7 locations and regional centres extended their leading positions still further. While the score for the Top 7 cities increased only slightly over the year, all seven cities either maintained their positions in the overall ranking or, in some cases, significantly improved it. This means that all of the top cities are now ranked amongst the 25 best locations.

Top 30 districts and autonomous towns/cities in 2017
Newcomers of the top 7 locations and regional centers move up by up to 72 places

The top 10 achievers in the group of traditionally well-placed Top 7 locations and regional centres have improved their positions in the overall ranking by between 25 and 72 places. Thanks to improved regional economic conditions, the state capital of Hesse, Wiesbaden, was also secured a significantly higher ranking, climbing a considerable 57 places since 2010. Meantime, Mannheim owes its climb of 49 places in the overall ranking in 2017 to a significant improvement in its sector-relevant retail data and, in this case, a significant increase in turnover.

B-location Fürth climbs up to 15th place in 2017

Significantly larger jumps in the annual rankings were evident amongst the top achievers in the group of 102 second-tier locations. In recent years, Fürth has regularly found itself among the top-ranked locations in the Retail Investment Scoring, and its position in the overall ranking has not just improved substantially, but also over the long-term, rising by 135 points from its position in 2010 to its current ranking. This large town in central Franconia has significantly increased its sub-scores in all three categories: socio-demographics, regional economics and sector-relevant retail data.

The Top 10 Achievers in 2010 - 2017 of the Second-tier Locations by Ranking
Constance and Lörrach benefit from the strong Swiss franc

Once again, the biggest gains were observed for the 'Other locations' group. There, the 10 top achievers have improved by between 227 and 111 places in the overall ranking since 2010. Rising retail turnover and a more positive assessment of the employment situation are also behind the climb of 170 places by the town of Constance on the Swiss border, from 219th place into the top 50. Lörrach, which is also on the Swiss border, improved in these categories and make up 140 places. Both towns are likely to have benefited disproportionately from the strong Swiss franc and retail tourism in the border region.