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[Infographic] 7 key facts about the Sainsbury's ASDA merger

01 May 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

This weekend, the shock announcement was made that two of the Big 4 supermarkets (Sainsbury's and ASDA) might be joining forces. This merger would mean that together, they would overtake the current market share leader, Tesco. We've put together an infographic with 7 key facts that we think you need to know about the potential deal.

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[Infographic] Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores (2012-2017)

24 April 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

"Across GB the state of the grocery market is one of a changing landscape, with the previously clear divisions between supermarkets, convenience stores and discounters becoming blurred. Convenience stores are becoming more and more like mini-supermarkets with a larger chilled food offer, food-to-go selection and fresh produce. Discounters have made similar moves, opening larger stores with some adding in fashion concession partners to increase their offer to shoppers and the Big 4 supermarkets have seen their market share erode in the last couple of years." Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', March 2018, Report by LDC

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2017

23 January 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research Data and Methods (WISERD) and LDC looks at the general health and emerging trends in retail across Welsh towns and cities in 2017. The report is presented in four sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy, retail structure and the relationship with socio-economic characteristics and geographical typology.

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 December 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in partnership with the University of Stirling we interviewed our panel of experts who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail in Scotland, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for the Scottish market.

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[Infographic] Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns and Cities 2017

30 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Institute for Retail Studies - University of Stirling and LDC looks at the latest retail health and trends across Scotland's towns and cities. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises, retail vacancy and retail structure (and associated leisure sector).

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Our love of eating out seems to be growing - BBC You&Yours interview Matthew Hopkinson

06 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The food & beverage (F&B) market has continued to grow at an even faster pace than ever before and the number of eating establishments has particulary boomed in this last year.

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Meet the panellists for LDC's 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in Glasgow

03 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On Tuesday 28th November we will be holding our annual Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit running in partnership with the University of Stirling and kindly hosted by KPMG LLP in Glasgow, Scotland.

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 16th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

22 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 16th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

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Video Summary: LDC's 16th Retail and Leisure Summit

15 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The first six months of 2017 produced a remarkable turnaround in some of the key indicators of the health of the UK’s retail locations. Total retail sales excluding fuel jumped by +4.4% in H1 2017 compared to H1 2016 (ONS, value, non-seasonally adjusted) adding £7.2 billion to spending. 77% of adults bought products and services online in 2016 (ONS) and Amazon bought Whole Foods Market, simultaneously boosting the argument that retail and property work well together - and scaring all of its competitors, everywhere.

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[Infographic] - Retail & Leisure Trends in H1 2017 "Turning Point"

14 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On September 14th 2017, we held our 16th Retail & Leisure Summit where we launched our NEW Footfall Heatmap and released data on the latest trends of 2017. 

The first six months of 2017 produced a remarkable turnaround in some of the key indicators of the health of the UK's retail locations. "Across the half year Retail and Leisure vacancy improved and more businesses opened on the high street than closed. In 2016 the net loss in numbers of units had been more than -1,600 but in H1 2017 it returned to growth." Introduction, 'Retail and Leisure Report: Turning Point (H1 2017)'

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