Sales of cafes and restaurants in particular rose sharply.
Shopping malls Sales and visitor numbers clearly increased in April – June, according to a release from the Finnish Shopping Center Association. Growth was strongest in April and May.
Compared to the figures for the same period in 2020, the number of visitors increased by as much as 24 percent and total sales by more than 20 percent. Sales in cafes and restaurants increased by 88 percent compared to the same period in 2020.
“Whenever the number of infections increased or restrictions tightened, people stayed in their homes, but very soon after the situation improved, consumers have returned to shopping centers to shop and eat, drink and enjoy themselves,” the chairman of the board said in a statement. Terhi Sell About the shopping center association.
Size total sales in the first half of the year were about four percent higher than in the previous year. Sales in all divisions of shopping centers also picked up clearly.
The grocery trade performed well during the exceptional period and sales growth was now more moderate compared to other industries.
The occupancy rate of shopping centers is now very much at the same level as when the interest rate crisis began, the release says.