For the first time in ten years, French shopping centers have halted the decline in their traffic and turnover. The number of customers who walked the aisles of these temples of consumption last year increased by 0.3%. And the turnover achieved by the stores located there increased by 0.7%. Not enough to get the champagne out, but the trend is positive. The year would have been a better year without the strikes, which plagued the month of December and cut annual sales growth by half a point, according to estimates by the National Center for Shopping Centers (CNCC).
The sector benefited from a favorable macroeconomic context, estimates the organization. " France has created a million jobs in three years ," says Jacques Ehrmann, president of the CNCC. Unemployment has long been a trauma for the French economy. Today is better . Consumption is starting again . ” The purchasing power of the French has also improved overall.
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