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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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BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker

21 February 2018 by Local Data Company

The High Street Sales Tracker (HSST) is a weekly report on like-for-like retail sales which is compiled from retail contributors across the UK. HSST works by bringing together the results of retailers with not only a physical presence but also those with multi-channels and those purely online. BDO collate the data and create a like-for-like measure and through the trends and analysis that they have available, issue a weekly report alongside more in-depth reports. This offers contributors an accurate way of benchmarking their performance against others in the market and against the general consumer shopping patterns. The HSST covers fashion, homewares and lifestyle, in-store and online.

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Having a field day: My time with an LDC field researcher

19 February 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

For the past five weeks working at the Local Data Company I’ve had the opportunity to examine the comprehensive data that we have on the retail and leisure market across GB. Using LDO (LDC’s location insight platform) I can see extensive information on an entire town whether it be the number and nature of all the restaurants and shops in a location or the health of a specific street. LDC track over 600,000 units on a 6 or 12 month basis and use a combination of desk research and field research to keep the database up to date. I wanted to know more about what the source of all this information is. 

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Data: What’s next on the menu? - How to use footfall to identify and leverage new opportunities

14 February 2018 by Lucy Stainton

The increasing cost base that the F&B sector has faced is well documented but it’s the top line threat that has become all the more apparent over the last 6 months. Is this a short term consumer spending squeeze or a more fundamental shift in behaviour? Understanding the cause, can help manage trends and ensure you are making the most of your portfolio. Here, Lucy Stainton from Local Data Company (LDC) looks at the importance of footfall data.

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Chris Fowler speaks about how places can reduce the impact of retail closures on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program

09 February 2018 by Sarah Phillips

With announcements made this week about further closures for M&S, Chris Fowler was invited on to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program to talk about what towns can do to mitigate some of the impact.

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Zara reported as the most valuable Spanish brand, Brighton will see new retailers and restaurants, and Post Office is set to open 25 new branches in Central London

05 February 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

It’s a month into the new year and that means our New Year’s resolutions have probably been broken, our new gym memberships have been cancelled and that skill we wanted to learn will have to wait until next year. We might be back in our routines, but the retail community is certainly looking fit and healthy.

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