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Can Britain's appetite for eating and drinking outlets be sustained? - Part 1

12 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

New analysis by LDC shows some significant trends in the openings and closures of food and beverage (F&B) outlets across the country. ONS data released in February 2017 showed that spending by households on restaurants and hotels was now more than £45 per week, which is the highest in five years. In February last year, NPD Group published figures that claimed Britons spent a total of £52.2bn eating out in 2015 and that this will rise to £54.7bn by 2017. Burgers alone accounted for £4.2bn of spend, with coffee forecast to rise from £2.17bn in 2015 to £2.4bn in 2017.

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[Press Release] Explosive growth of Independent high street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016

11 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Data released today by the Local Data Company (LDC) and the British Independent Retailers Association ( bira ) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains (with more than five stores nationally) continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +762 shops (+0.27%) in H1 2017. This is a significant rise from the net increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. A net increase of +562 units in H1 2017 on the high streets was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2017, with this being a +181% increase from the +200 unit growth in H1 2016.

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[LDC Press Release] Growth in Britain’s eating out establishments reaches 5 year peak

28 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

A new report by The Local Data Company (LDC) reveals that the number of new food and beverage (F&B) outlets opening across Great Britain has reached a new peak in the last 12 months.

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Sharp slowdown in shop openings in second quarter of 2017

14 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘Turning Point’) published today shows that the second quarter of 2017 saw the number of shop openings reduce by 84% compared to Q2 2016.

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One year on 82% of BHS stores lie empty

28 August 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC's latest research on the 160 stores across Great Britain that once homed BHS, shows that one year on 82% lie empty. Thirty-five stores (22%) have deals or planning permission pending which brings down the figure of those lying empty and with no plans to 60% (96 stores).

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In a world of consumer wants rather than needs – will experience be the key driver and sales merely an outcome?

22 June 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last week Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) ran their annual retail debate in Leeds. The morning’s discussion was based around a report that Richard Lim from Retail Economics had written for SPB. The full report can be downloaded HERE. In short, the research looked at how consumer spending has changed and from their consumer research they asked the following key question:

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Can the growth of coffee shops continue?

16 June 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last month I was asked to contribute to a panel event at the Caffe Culture Show in London and had the pleasure of discussing the market with Darren Williams, Country Director of T2 Tea, Maria Sebastian, SVP at Starbucks EMEA, Paul Ettinger, Director at Caffé Nero and Peter Dore-Smith, founder of Kaffeine. Our ‘quiz master’ was Mark Faithfull.

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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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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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Has the internet killed the role of department stores?

16 February 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Department stores have been the feature of the British high street for centuries. They made their entry onto the high street in the late 19th Century and since then some original names have gone and others have survived. For example, Harrods, probably the best known internationally, opened its doors in London in 1834 and remained as one iconic store until very recently when it expanded into airports.

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