Düsseldorf is one of Germany's most important centres of commerce, with 2,540 wholesalers, 3,700 retailers and a total of 984,000 square meters of selling area. Numerous major international and national trade and retail groups are based here, including the METRO AG, Electronic Partner, Salzgitter Steel Trading, C&A, Peek & Cloppenburg, Douglas, Mitsubishi and Mitsui.
Not only is Düsseldorf an attractive homebase for retailers, it also represents a huge and attractive marketplace. With a buying power index 25 percent above national average, Düsseldorf's inhabitants are among the most solvent in Germany. Sales get another boost from the surrounding conurbation with its 11.5 million inhabitants.
Thanks to the city's consistent development strategy, prices for retail locations have remained reliably stable. Although Düsseldorf is one of the most attractive areas for retailers, top rents for retail space in prime areas are very competitive compared with other large cities.
With Schadow-Arkaden, Sevens and Stilwerk, Düsseldorf boasts a number of first-rate shopping centers - and, of course, there's Königsallee, one of Europe's most magnificent shopping boulevards with an international flair.