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New white paper - A new way to understand your consumer audience

20 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Today we have released a new white paper, written by Relationship Manager Chris Fowler entitled ‘A New Way to Understand Your Consumer Audience’.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the health of retail parks on Radio 4's You&Yours

18 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Senior Relationship Manager Lucy Stainton was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4's You&Yours programme today to discuss the health of GB's retail parks.

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Four ways footfall data can power investment strategy

18 April 2018 by Clara Molin

LDC’s SmartStreetSensor footfall tracking network now comprises over 1,000 allocated devices, ranging from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and a huge range of locations in between. As our network continues to grow in size, it also grows in value each week as more sensors age and start to yield comparable year-on-year insights. With many in the retail and investment market acknowledging a challenging environment, the need to use data as evidence to intelligently discover where opportunities lie has become more critical than ever. LDC has been tracking the retail and leisure market for over 10 years now, and through our powerful combination of field and desk research, we have built a rich database of historical trend information which can help us to predict where this market will go next. However, we believe that the next frontier in understanding how our retail locations are used is being able to track footfall, not just coming into stores and assets, but also the pavement opportunity outside.

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The Big 4 supermarkets fight back to remain fresh in consumers’ minds

11 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

The UK grocery market is evolving at a rapid pace and as the market is becoming increasingly complex, it is becoming increasingly competitive. Against a backdrop of decreasing consumer confidence and reduced spending, vast numbers of grocery retailers jostle to take market share back from others’ pockets. At the time of writing this blog, LDC data shows that there are 42,240 units classified under the supermarkets, groceries and food shops category.

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Lego named as UK's strongest brand, Tesco and Morrisons reported as the fastest growing supermarkets, and Westfield London becomes the largest shopping centre in Europe

04 April 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

A bank holiday always lifts the spirits and from everyone at LDC we truly hope you had a very "hoppy" Easter! 

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Our annual Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores report is now available!

22 March 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This annual report looks at the grocery sector across the Big 4 supermarkets, discounters (Aldi, Lidl, Home Bargains etc) and convenience stores over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months from January 2017 - January 2018.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #2 Krispy Kreme

21 March 2018 by Sarah Phillips

It may not be the first thing you picture when you hear the words fast food, but our next top five fast food restaurant of 2017 was created to make life a little sweeter. We introduce you to number two, Krispy Kreme.

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The snow must go on! Local communities keep moving in the face of ‘The Beast from the East’

09 March 2018 by Chris Fowler

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (which you might have been to avoid the weather last week) you’ll have been fully aware of the Siberian storm to hit the UK, lovingly named ‘The Beast from the East’ by the media and the general public. The pandemonium caused by the snow and freezing temperatures that arrived with ‘The Beast’ were further increased by another weather system, storm Emma which hit from the West, meaning that the majority of the UK entered a ‘deep freeze’, seeing temperatures dip to -10 plus! The two storms caused widespread travel chaos, affecting buses, trains and planes, rendering many housebound from Tuesday through to Saturday when the storm passed and the thawing began.

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Kidswear lines are on the rise, McColl's revenue reaches £1bn, and NewRiver looks for opportunities in the purchasing of retail parks

05 March 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

February may have been a bit colder than usual, but LDC knows that warm weather is on the horizon (and we are definitely looking forward to it!)

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #3 Leon

28 February 2018 by Sarah Phillips

‘Why can’t fast food be good food?’ - This was the question which led to the creation of the brand which takes up a respectable bronze place in our top five fast food restaurants of 2017. At number three, we have healthy fast food brand (and another LDC favourite) Leon.

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