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The changing face and fortunes of Britain’s retail locations

27 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

There have been worries for a few years now that the British High Street is dying. At LDC, we don’t believe that is true, however we do believe that the high street IS changing. But it’s not just high streets that are changing, as all three of the location types that we track at LDC (town centres, shopping centres and retail parks) have had some interesting challenges over the past few years. 

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the impact of the closure of department stores on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

With news breaking this week that M&S will be closing six department stores and that Debenhams is reviewing their store strategy, Matthew Hopkinson was welcomed onto BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program today to provide a 60 second overview on the effect of the closure of department stores on Britain's high streets.

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Go West: Expert views on Retail and Leisure in Wales

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Just a four and a half hour drive West from London will take you right into the heart of Wales, a country known for it's distinctive accent and own (quite tricky) language, rugged coastlines and beautiful sweeping countryside. In terms of locations, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport are the main cities in Wales which are likely to attract the country's consumers. Aside from Wales' similarities to English Retail (the rise of independent retailers and leisure occupiers), their retail landscape does look different. In  H1 of 2016, Wales had the highest vacancy rate in town centres of England, Scotland and Wales, but the lowest shopping centre vacancy rate. They continue to struggle with persistent vacancy levels (units vacant for more than one year), however, overall, the decrease of vacancy was the fastest of all three countries. 

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Growth of independent businesses hits a 12 month high

13 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The April edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for March, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Heritage high streets benefit on Mother's Day, as social data gets local

05 April 2017 by Chris Fowler

Did you take your Mum out for Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day?

Personally, I failed this year and resorted to sending flowers ordered online, but when I used to live closer to my parents in times gone by, a family lunch at one of our local country pubs was always a winner.

We’d rarely venture into any of our local town centres to celebrate the day – being country bumpkins, the thought didn’t even cross our minds. I reckon I’m not alone in this tradition, but I’m curious to know if this is a wider trend that can be measured. In simplistic terms, I’d expect ‘urban’ footfall to decrease on Mother’s Day itself, and for quaint rural locations to benefit.

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An overview of the Oaktree portfolio up for sale

31 March 2017 by Nelia Vateva

With the news that the Oaktree portfolio is up for sale, I decided to use LDC's online insight tool LDO to analyse these shopping centres. The portfolio is formed of three schemes with a total value of £120m; The Rushes in Loughborough, Vancouver Quarter in Kings Lynn and Kingsgate in Dunfermline.

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Combined Retail and Leisure vacancy rate falls to the lowest level in almost a decade

31 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The March edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for February, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and now market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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What did a panel of experts at LDC’s 15th Retail & Leisure Summit say about the trends for 2016? (Part 2)

30 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

As always at an LDC Summit there was a panel of experts to discuss what the data means in real terms for people running, owning or advising businesses within the Retail and Leisure sectors. This year we were joined by:

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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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