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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from our expert Retail & Leisure Summit Panel

29 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 15th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

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What were 2016’s key retail and leisure trends? (Part 1)

24 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On Tuesday 21st March, LDC held its 15th Retail and Leisure Summit where I presented what the trends of 2016 were, alongside looking back to 2012, which was when the peak in vacancy rates and closures occurred. A quick summary of those trends is below and more detail can be found in the FULL report if you are an LDC client or in the SUMMARY which can be downloaded for free HERE.

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Video Summary: LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit

24 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

2016 was quite a year. With Trump, Brexit and everything in between, there was plenty to talk about. This was also true within the Retail and Leisure market, with plenty of things hitting the headlines. Things that got us talking last year were; the closure of BHS stores, the continued growth of the Leisure market, the come-back for independent businesses and of course, the ‘other B word’ – business rates.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the change in spending patterns on You&Yours, BBC Radio 4

23 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Predictions are that retailers could have a tough time in the year ahead. Winifred Robinson from the You&Yours show on BBC Radio 4 says we spent less last year than we did the years before - On the high street, people are buying experiences and they don't cost as much as the stuff we used to buy.

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Infographic - Full Year 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

22 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On 21st March 2017, we held our 15th Retail & Leisure Summit. It was a very successful event with the largest turnout ever of 150 attendees. We couldn't have done it without our amazing panel, and a curious audience - so thank you again for joining us.

We also released our full year 2016 report on Great Britiain's retail and leisure trends. The report shows how in the run up to the referendum, the number of shops opening decreased and numbers of shops sank (especially for town centres) across GB. However, recovery came in the second half of the year and over-all vacancy continues its gentle decline. An analysis of business rates is also included in the report, detailing worst affected areas, which could feel the impact of this for years to come and much, much more.

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Who will stop Jones Bootmaker from walking away from our high streets?

17 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that one of the high street’s old timers - Jones Bootmaker is looking for a buyer as it struggles to deal with difficult trading conditions and increases in business rates.

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Retail Week Live 2017: a round-up

10 March 2017 by Lucy Stainton

It was a packed 48 hours at Retail Week Live, with a diverse, eclectic mix of speakers making for a very thought-provoking couple of days. Fellow delegates might now be suffering from the same aversion as I am to the words 'artificial intelligence' which has now ousted ‘multi-channel’ as the concept du jour.

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Are you ready for LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit?

10 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit is less than two weeks away and it's shaping up to be our most popular summit to date.

If you already have questions that you would like answered during the panel Q&A session, please send them to us by completing the form at the bottom of this post.

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The impact of Valentine's Day on Footfall

09 March 2017 by Chris Fowler

Valentine's Day is a key date for most retailers and leisure occupiers. With an estimate of £458.7 million spent on Valentine's Day in the UK this year (according to PwC), this day now rivals retail events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Chris Fowler, Relationship Manager at LDC, looks at the impact Valentine's Day had on Footfall in Nottingham and Brighton.

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Analysis: Furniture, Bedroom, Textiles, Carpet and Kitchen stores across GB

02 March 2017 by Ronald Nyakairu

LDC have researched the historical trends in the British bulky goods sector (stores which sell home furniture, baths, kitchens, beds, tiles and carpets), focusing on the growth or decline of the traditional retail park occupiers. This analysis looked at the five year trends (2012 to 2017) across the Furniture, Kitchens, Carpets and Textiles sectors. These categories are all facing intense pressure from growing online sales so we decided to look closer at their performance.

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