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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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Retail chain store closures fall to 14 stores a day- the lowest level since 2010, say PwC and The Local Data Company

13 November 2017 by Local Data Company
  • Lowest number of store closures since 2010
  • Tobacconists, beauticians and coffee shops thriving
  • Shoe shops, women’s clothing and charity shops declining

Despite the advance of online retail and a testing economy, the number of chain retail outlets closing on Great Britain’s high streets is at its lowest level for seven years, PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) reveals.

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In a year of red hot economic change one statistic has frozen

15 December 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate remained stuck at 12.3% in November. The number of vacant shops has now varied by no more than one in a thousand, net, for the past nine months, new figures from LDC show.

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[Press Release] Vacancy rates in limbo as fourth quarter begins: Improvement has flattened – stays flat

18 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate has now varied from 12.3% by no more than 0.1% in the past eight months, decreasing just -0.1% in October from 12.4% in September.

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Growth in independent High Street stores drives a return to the black for independent retailers across GB

01 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal from the net decline of -194 shops (-0.07%) in H1 2015. A net growth of +200 units in H1 2016 on the High Streets, was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2016.

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PwC/LDC openings and closures in Top 500 towns across GB in H1 2016

27 October 2016 by Local Data Company

Retailers closing 15 stores a day as the high street continues to reshape, says PwC and LDC.


• Lowest number of store openings since 2011
• Tobacconists, estate agents and jewellers thriving
• ‘Fintech’ advances see click and collect services booming

In the first six months of 2016, 2,656 shops closed on Great Britain’s high streets, a rate of 15 stores a day, PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) reveals.

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[Press Release] Improvement in vacancy rates on pause in third quarter

13 October 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain – improvement flattens

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in September from 12.3% in August. Annually this is down -0.5% from the same period last year (September 2015).

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[Press Release] Pre-Brexit uncertainty sees a -46% drop in retail and leisure property activity levels in July 2016 compared to July 2015

12 August 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in July from 12.3% in June. Annually this is down -0.6% from the same period last year (July 2015). This change was driven by fall in the number of new units in July of -3.5% and a 44% drop in the number of vacant units getting new occupiers.

Overall activity levels were down -46% in July 2016 compared to 12 months ago (July 2015). This is due to stakeholders in the property sector delaying major property decisions, such as new store openings, developments and conversions, in the lead up to the referendum in June. These impacts are now being evidenced in the LDC data.

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BCSC / LDC Shopping Centre Vacancy Monitor (July 2016)

05 August 2016 by Local Data Company

The shopping centre vacancy monitor aims to provide an overview of the level of vacancy rates and is developed in partnership with BCSC and LDC.

In order to understand industry performance, this quarterly monitor covers 675 shopping centres across Britain, providing detailed analysis of vacancy rates within the top 30, 50, 100 and 675 centres, supported with breakdowns by region, retail / leisure, multiple and independent mix, and more.

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+43% increase in the number of vacant units being demolished in June 2016 compared to the same time last year (June 2015)

15 July 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy remained at 12.3% in June, the lowest since November 2009. This is down -0.5% from the same time last year (June 2015). This change was driven by an increase in the number of new units (up +13% from June 2015) and an increase in the number of vacant units demolished (+43%, when compared to June 2015).

 Fig 1. GB Shop vacancy rate 2008-2016 (Source: LDC)

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