Six figures that make trade talk

The country has 20 different shopping centres, including the Cloche d'Or, which will open in May 2019 (Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne)

The country has 20 different shopping centres, including the Cloche d'Or, which will open in May 2019 (Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne)

From international chains and local brands to shopping centres and local shops, here’s a look at some data that characterises Luxembourg’s commercial landscape. 

It is a painstaking task that began in 2019 with the creation of the business registry. This tool, managed by the National Observatory for SMEs, is intended to map the commercial landscape of Luxembourg. It contains a wealth of data for both public authorities and entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the key figures.

1m m2

That’s the amount of retail space in Luxembourg--a relatively stable indicator since the opening of the Cloche d'Or, Royal-Hamilius and Infinity Shopping centres in 2019. In Q3 2022, the Grand Duchy had 1.078m m2 of retail space available to customers. These areas relate exclusively to traditional retail trade and food shops, namely bakeries, pastry and butchers’ shops, according to the National Observatory for SMEs.

21% for food

Shops dedicated to the sale of food represent 21% of the total commercial surface area in Luxembourg, with 224,390 m2. Following that are shops selling clothes, shoes and leather goods (19%) and those dedicated to DIY and household goods (15%).

3,286 shops

This is the number of traditional and artisanal food retailers present in Luxembourg at the end of September 2022. This represents an increase of 55 units in three years, according to the registry.

1,257 restaurants

In three years, 21 net new openings have taken place in the restaurant sector, bringing the total of restaurant establishments in the grand duchy to 1,257.

20 shopping centres

This figure is derived on the principle of building complexes designed as a unit, grouping together several retail and service companies, as well as at least two main tenants from different branches, according to the observatory.

227 petrol stations

With eight additional petrol pumps in three years, Luxembourg will see its number of petrol infrastructures grow again, as it has done in recent years. In October 2022, the Groupement Énergies Mobilité (formerly the Groupement pétrolier) nevertheless shared its fear of seeing this quota decrease, against the backdrop of Luxembourg's declining price attractiveness compared to its neighbouring countries.

This article was originally published in French on Paperjam and has been translated and edited for Delano.