Sydney, Melbourne on the Radar of Major North American Retailers

AUSTRALIA’s almost uninterrupted strong economic run – which has resulted in an almost uninterrupted consumption binge – is piquing the interest of North America’s major retail businesses.

According to a new report by commercial agency CB Richard Ellis, Sydney and Melbourne (image, Brighton bathing boxes, right) have both ranked in the top 10 most attractive destinations for expansion.

The survey samples 323 global retailers, and 209 cities in 73 countries.

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Federation Square Ranks as One of World’s Ugliest Buildings

Federation SquareIT was designed to replace an eyesore – but Melbourne’s high profile Federation Square site, across from the Flinders Street station, has been dubbed one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world, according to a Virtual Tourist report.

Fed Square ranks with Kosovo’s National Library, and a US-building inspired by a potato (Virginia’s Markel Building).

Baltimore’s Morris A Mechanic Theatre building was dubbed the ugliest, according to the survey which is into its second year. Images of all buildings are at the bottom of this article.

Other developments to rank in the list include North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel, Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum, the Petrobras Headquarters in Brazil, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Zizkov Television Tower in Prague.

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