Many Finnish shopping centres grew in 2011

City Forum in Helsinki had the fastest sales growth per square metre with a 29.1% increase.

In the capital city region, the number of visits increased the most at the Jumbo shopping centre in Vantaa which enjoyed 8% growth to reach a total of 9.4 million visitors. The 10 million landmark is expected to be reached this year as more shoppers are now travelling to Jumbo from further afield. Visitors to Jumbo spent an average of EUR 44.8 per person.

The number of visits to Espoo’s Iso Omena shopping centre increased by 5.7% to a total of 9.3 million, with visitors spending an average of EUR 26.6. Myyrmanni shopping centre had 7.9 million visitors (up 1.3%), Sello 22.1 million visitors (up 0.9%), and City Forum 13.6 million visitors (up 0.7%). The number of visitors to Kamppi remained at 34 million. Itäkeskus, now known as Itis, recorded 18.7 million visitors who spent an average of EUR 22.6.

According to Juha Tiuraniemi, Managing Director of the Finnish Council of Shopping Centers, a major future trend is the increase in services consumers can purchase at the shopping centers.

Source: Vantaan Sanomat