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BCSC / LDC Shopping Centre Vacancy Monitor (April 2016)

28 April 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 the Local Data Company (LDC).

In seeking to understand industry performance, this monthly Monitor covers 687 shopping centres across Britain, providing detailed analysis of vacancy rates within the top 30, 50, 100 and 687 centres, supported with breakdowns by region, retail / leisure, multiple and independent mix, and more.

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Gala Coral and Ladbrokes merger delayed - what this could mean for the high street?

15 April 2016 by Local Data Company

It was reported by City A.M. that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are likely to delay a provisional decision on the merger of betting giants Gala Coral and Ladbrokes.

Whilst the CMA haven’t specified the reasons for this delay, it is believed that the reason for the delay could relate to strict criteria about branch disposals that will be required for the deal to go through. 

The CMA are yet to specify exactly which branches will need to be sold, however it is believed that the combined company may have to sell as many as 1,000 high street betting shops.

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[Press Release] 85% increase in the number of short-term vacant units across GB towns (Q1 2016)

14 April 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy remained at 12.5% in March, the lowest since January 2010. This is down -0.2% from the start of this year (2016). 

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LDC's 5th Retail Market Trends in Pictures

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company

On Wednesday, 30th March 2016, we held our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London. At the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015.

We had the pleasure of welcoming a diverse panel of retail industry experts including: Damien Wild - Editor of the Estate Gazette (who chaired the panel discussion), Anthony Newton - Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, Eva Pascoe - E-commerce Director at TheRetailPractice, Andrew Angeli - Head of UK Research at CBRE Global Investors, and Michael Weedon - Deputy CEO of bira.

The event was a great success with around 100 professionals from the retail industry. Thank you for everyone that made it! You can find the photos of the event here.

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[Video] 5th Retail Market Trends Summit Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company
On 30th March, we hosted our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015. 

For those who were unable to make the event, Matthew has summarised the key findings from the report, the questions posed during the panel discussion and topics to keep in mind for 2016.

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What the recent vacancy rate results mean for Landlords and Investors

21 March 2016 by Local Data Company

Earlier in March, we published a report which analysed the latest vacancy rate figures, levels of persistent vacancy and health scores of over 3000 locations across Great Britain. You can download the summary of the Retail Health report here.

It is key that different stakeholders in retail understand what the findings mean to them. In this post, Ronald Nyakairu - Analytics and Academic Partnerships at LDC, explains what the findings mean for Retail Landlords and Investors.

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What the recent vacancy rate results mean for Retail and Leisure Occupiers

18 March 2016 by Local Data Company

Earlier in March, we published a report which analysed the latest vacancy rate figures, levels of persistent vacancy and health scores of over 3000 locations across Great Britain. You can download the summary of the Retail Health report here.

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[Video] 13th Retail Health Summit Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

07 March 2016 by Local Data Company

On 4th March, we hosted our 13th Retail Health Summit at BLP's offices in London.

Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis from over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks across Great Britain in H2 2015 to over 100 delegates.

For those who were unable to make the event, Matthew has summarised the key findings from the report, the questions posed during the panel discussion and topics to keep in mind for 2016.

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BCSC / LDC Shopping Centre Vacancy Monitor (Jan 2016)

01 February 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 the Local Data Company (LDC).

In seeking to understand industry performance, this monthly Monitor covers 687 shopping centres across Britain, providing detailed analysis of vacancy rates within the top 30, 50, 100 and 687 centres, supported with breakdowns by region, retail / leisure, multiple and independent mix, and more.

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What do the findings of the 2015 Welsh Towns and Cities Report mean for Local Councils and Government?

01 February 2016 by Local Data Company

We recently published a report in partnership with Cardiff University which shows how Welsh towns and cities are on different courses. Some towns and cities are seeing significant falls in their vacancy rates, others have a low percentage of independent occupiers and some have an overexposure to Booze, Cheque cashing and gambling occupiers (BMG Index).

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