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United Plates of America: A review of the Tex-Mex market in the UK.

19 September 2018 by Katie Flanigan

This week, we continue our American food series with the Tex-Mex genre. Tex-Mex is a relatively new cuisine for the UK, so using LDC data, I'm going to look at how this market has evolved and the brands that are leading the pack. 

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IKEA gets a new home at Tottenham Court Road

14 September 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer is commonly known for three things: argument-inducing flat pack furniture, Swedish meatballs with some rather questionable ingredients and its large out-of-town showrooms where customers can immerse themselves in the possible and walk through well put together kitchens, bedrooms and nurseries. It is this last point which is of interest to LDC, as IKEA is (for the very first time) opening an in town location. Using LDC data I am going to look at their selection of Tottenham Court road for this new site.

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LDC's latest report on the fashion sector is out now!

13 September 2018 by Sarah Phillips

To mark the start of London fashion week, we have just released our latest focused report on the fashion sector. Fashion is a market which has experienced unprecedented change over the past few years and months. The aim of this  report was to review the fashion sector in an objective and independent way using LDC data to understand and quantify the challenges faced by retailers. As with all of our reports, we are sharing this research free of charge so that we can support retailers to future-proof their businesses through knowledge, insight and data. Access the report here.

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August 2018 finally puts paid to the stereotype of bland British cuisine (or cucumber sandwiches if you are posh), the British food revolution continues…

05 September 2018 by Katie Shaw

August was the month where we finally had some respite from the heatwave that shocked the nation for a good eight weeks. Whilst the countryside was grateful for the rain, our team of field researchers were not! However, even though many were on holiday, the evolution of the UK retail landscape never takes a break. So, if you missed it, here are our market highlights from August.

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Latest LDC research on the status of the BHS estate reveals over half still lie empty two years after the final closure

29 August 2018 by Sarah Phillips

The 28th August marked the two year anniversary of the final closure of high street stalwart BHS after 88 years of trading. Even though two years has passed, BHS is still a relevant topic for many, as the stores often occupied sizable units in prominent locations and acted as the anchor for many towns and cities. So, two years on, how many of these units have been re-occupied? Who is the retailer who has taken most of the stores? What is happening to these large-format stores? The latest LDC data, analysed by Senior Insight Analyst Ronald Nyakairu tells us everything we need to know about the estate today.

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What impact has the demise of Toys R Us had on the toy shop market?

15 August 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

The UK toy industry generates approximately £2 billion in revenue annually (Source: IBIS World). There are currently 1,079 toy stores in operation across the country, many of which I’m sure have seen a recent surge in sales as parents look to buy items to keep children entertained for the long stretch of the summer holidays. There are currently four main players in this market, these being The Entertainer, The Early Learning Centre, Toymaster and Smyths. Of the 1,079, these top four make up 433 of the total (40%) and then another 42% are independent shops. Openings and closures across these four companies have been relatively stable in the past 12 months, with any closures representing less than 5%. 

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Up for sale - the Hammerson retail park portfolio

07 August 2018 by Ronald Nyakairu

In July’s half year results Hammerson announced a change in strategy to shift focus more on their premium outlet and shopping centre schemes. To allow for this focus, they are expected to dispose of their retail park portfolio, selling off their 14 retail parks, the largest being the Central Retail Park in Falkirk and the smallest the Brent South Shopping Park in North London. With this news, I am going to use LDC data to understand the portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses as well as any potential opportunities for prospective buyers. My analysis will look at the occupancy rates across the portfolio, the LDC Health Index rating and the occupier covenants based on their historical openings and closures and the performance of their respective categories.

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Day-time vs night-time footfall flows - understanding changes in the 'night owl' economy.

01 August 2018 by Chris Fowler

As LDC’s network of footfall sensors continues to grow, it’s revealing ever more interesting and actionable insights about how our towns are used – especially in these turbulent times of change in both the retail environment and weather extremes, which have both had a strong influence in recent months.

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United Plates of America: The UK burger market

18 July 2018 by Katie Flanigan

Since as early as 1965, American burger brands have been establishing their presence in the UK with big names such as McDonalds, Burger King and Five Guys. This US staple has become a favourite for the British consumer, leading British entrepreneurs to adapt the cuisine to the tastes of the UK. So, who does it better - the US or the UK? I'm going to leverage LDC data to find out!

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Primark – what’s the secret to its success?

11 July 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Whether you pronounce it Preemark, Primark or Primarni, there is no doubt that you’ll have come across Primark – the value fashion and homewares retailer that has become a staple of British high streets and shopping centres. Known for its quick fashion, basic styles and most prominently, small price tags, Primark has a distinctive offer within the fashion market, with many opting to love or hate the brand.

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