The world's most expensive streets

Every city has one - a retail thoroughfare that houses the most exclusive stores. Real estate slowdown or not, these luxury corridors are still thriving - for now, at least.

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Fifth Avenue, New York
Fifth Avenue, New York
Hot spot: Intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Rent: $1,500 per square foot.
State of the market: Wall Street may be melting down a few miles south, but rents on New York's prime retail corridor, Fifth Avenue between 50th and 58th streets, hit a record high this year. With that kind of overhead, some retailers tend to view their stores here as expensive billboards instead of merchandise movers. But others, helped by a crush of European tourists, are raking it in: Tiffany's Fifth Avenue flagship saw sales of $7,500 per gross square foot last year, 10% of the company's total revenue.
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Last updated August 26 2008: 6:43 PM ET
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