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Growth continues in April, but improvement slows

19 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The May 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 April, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Morrisons are filling up their basket with new products and services: but will this be enough to continue to cash in at the checkout?

12 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Last week Morrisons celebrated the fruits of their labour over the past few years, announcing a 3.4% increase in sales for the first quarter of this year.

Under the Chief Exec David Potts, Morrisons has gone through a period of huge change, investment and overhaul, and have been rewarded with the best quarter for the business since 2009.

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LDC’s Retail Leaders Forum: a day of collaboration, debate and thought leadership

12 May 2017 by Lucy Stainton

Yesterday we held our second thought leadership event, the Retail Leaders’ Forum, in the inspiring surroundings of the Saïd Business School in Oxford. The day was designed to bring together academics across some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including UCL, the University of Oxford, the University of Stirling, the University of Liverpool and Cardiff University with some of the UK’s leading practitioners in the retail and leisure marketplace.

A select group of LDC contacts were invited to come along to the day, including representatives from Clarks, British Land, Tesco, LEON, Tristan Capital Partners, Dixons Carphone, Pizza Hut and more.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the Tesco Booker deal on Radio 4's You & Yours

05 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about the Tesco Booker deal on today's You & Yours program.

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A new look for LDC

05 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

This week we had great fun putting the LDC stamp on our new office on Vine Hill, Farringdon. Barnaby, our MD, surprised us at our quarterly business update on Wednesday evening with some colourful transfers to go on the walls including a red telephone box, London tube stops and a quote from Bruce Lee. Here are some pictures of our new HQ:

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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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