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Spending power on the Turkish high street fuelling growth in shopping malls

A sign of Turkey’s burgeoning middle class and growing economy, recent statistics show that the retail sector in the country is continuing to flourish and there are now 327 shopping malls in 57 provinces there, employing more than 385,000 people. Turkey’s Shopping Mall Investors’ Association (AYD) also confirmed in October...

Posted on 01 October 2013

Landmark new shopping centre – with its own Apple Store – a boost for Istanbul

Raising its profile as a city that offers world-class shopping, Istanbul’s landmark Maltepe Park shopping centre reopened in September after a 19-month overhaul with the assistance of global supermarket group Carrefour SA. The transformation of Maltepe Park, located in the city’s Maltepe district on the eastern bank of the Bosphorus,...

Posted on 24 September 2013

We heard it on the grapevine – the world gets a taste for Turkish wine

Turkish wine is attracting more attention globally, after a leading UK supermarket introduced it to its shelves for the first time this month and a Turkish woman becomes the first official wine expert from the country. In September Waitrose became the only British supermarket to stock a Turkish wine, namely...

Posted on 09 September 2013

Turkish bank teams with US money transfer firm to make sending money around the world simpler

Sending money between one of Turkey’s leading banks and an overseas destination has got easier thanks to the bank now providing a global money transfer service in all of its branches. Turkish bank DenizBank now offers MoneyGram’s money transfer service in all of its branches nationwide. “Now that we have...

Posted on 09 September 2013

Spot Blue searches for idyllic plot in Turkey – it’s what the doctor ordered!

Just five years after buying their first holiday home in Turkey, British surgeon Phil McLoughlin and his Malaysian wife Shanti have begun looking there for the perfect spot to build a house for their retirement.The couple, who live with their two teenage sons in St Andrews, are searching for a...

Posted on 27 August 2013

Leading fashion brand coming to Turkey’s High Street by end of 2013

Shoppers in Turkey will soon have the chance to look as fashionable as their European neighbours, thanks to plans announced this month for the opening of Superdry stores there.The news comes after UK based SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, signed a five-year exclusive franchise agreement with Turkish firm Demsa...

Posted on 27 August 2013

Weaker Lira and rate rise means more spending money for expats

Expats living off the interest paid on savings in their local Turkish bank can enjoy an extra meal out each week, after Turkey’s central bank raised interest rates for the first time since October 2011. It’s not uncommon for resident Brits to deposit lump sums in a high interest Turkish...

Posted on 23 August 2013

Exchange rate stability makes life more comfortable for Brits in Turkey

Expats who rely on income from the UK have been better off in Turkey than those living in Spain, France or any other Eurozone country, thanks to the Turkish lira being more stable than the Euro since the credit crisis of 2008 – a trend likely to continue in the...

Posted on 22 May 2013

Istanbul is a City Undergoing Transformation

Beyoglu is one of Istanbul's oldest districts and is a romantic glimpse into the past of this ancient city. However Istanbul is changing fast in order to deal with the economic expansion of the country, and although some people may be worried it's losing its identity, it is becoming a...

Posted on 15 March 2012

Ankara is the best place to live in Turkey says new report

1 September 2011 – A new CNBC-e Business magazine survey has acclaimed the Ankara region as the place with the highest quality of living in Turkey, a position it has maintained for the last 4 years. The southern tourist city of Antalya came second behind Ankara, with the city of...

Posted on 01 September 2011