In this study, the impact on retail property markets is analysed. In order to do so, the net migration to cities in Germany is transformed into a retail consumption potential. By combining statistics on migration, the socio-economic panel and the micro-census, increases of retail consumption for all cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants could be derived.
As it turns out, all cities benefitted from migration. However, besides the biggest cities such as Munich, Berlin or Frankfurt, mid-size cities like Trier, Potsdam or Fürth also gained considerably. Naturally, in this study, only a consumption potential could be derived, since purchases could also be made online, for example. Nonetheless, most goods were purchased locally, thus significantly boosting the attractiveness of retail properties. Given the results of the study, investors are well advised to broaden their investment scope to include cities such as Fürth, Trier or Potsdam, to name but a few.