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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2016

25 January 2017 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 2016. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

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Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson discuss Scotland's 2016 retail position on BBC Radio Scotland

14 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On December 13, LDC with the University of Stirling held its 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit. During the event, the latest findings on the retail health and emerging trends across Scotland were presented.

John Beattie from BBC Radio Scotland interviewed Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson after the event, to understand the retail and leisure mix across Scottish cities and towns. The following points were discussed:

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Infographic - Retailing in Scotland's Towns & Cities 2016

13 December 2016 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 (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

One of the main takeaways is the shift from retail to leisure that Scottish cities and towns are experiencing.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, comments: "O
verall, the data shows that Scotland is making good progress in responding to the challenges of modern place management and this can only be done, as Professor Leigh Sparks makes clear in the report, through good data and sound analysis on an ongoing basis."

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Meet our panellists for the 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit in Edinburgh

25 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

We will be holding this year's Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit on December 13th in Edinburgh, which will kindly be hosted by KPMG.

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The Story of The SmartStreetSensor Project

11 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The SmartStreetSensor project is the most comprehensive review of footfall traffic in the UK to date. We have joined forces with UCL and the Consumer Data Research Centre to use data to help save the UK high street by analysing trends and patterns in footfall.

We only have 400 out of an available 1000 low cost devices left as part of this project, so get in touch with us soon so you don't miss this exciting opportunity. We've created an infographic to help to explain more about this project, and why you should get involved.

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Co-op at the centre of the community - [Portfolio Snapshot]

10 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

This week, the opening of the latest Co-op food store in Vimto Gardens, Salford in Manchester was announced in the news.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the new Shopping Centre "The Victoria Gate" in Leeds, on BBC Radio 4

20 October 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The new "Knightsbridge" of the North opened in Leeds this Thursday 20th October.

The new big shopping development The Victoria Gate is anchored by a John Lewis and will be home for many prestige brands such as Aspinal of London, Anthropologie, T2, The White Company, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. For many brands, this is their first store in the North

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Michael Weedon talks about the slight increase in Britain’s shop vacancies on Share Radio

14 October 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

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). The improvement in vacancy rates has been on pause since May 2016.

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An in-depth look at 3 GB retail parks currently on the market, showing the key points for potential buyers

29 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Last week, it was announced that three retail parks are being put up for sale. People have inevitably started asking if that could be the first sign of the revival of investor activity.


The biggest of the three assets is the Interchange Retail Park in Bedford - on the market for £103m. The other two retail parks are based in Scotland: The Kingsgate Shopping Park (Glasgow) for £100m and the Kittybrewster Retail Park (Aberdeen) for £40m.

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Infographic - In the balance: H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

21 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Our latest report titled In the balance, looks at the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

The report begins by looking at the current UK Economy, especially in light of the Brexit decision in June. It then focuses on the Health of the Retail industry across Great Britain in terms of vacancy rates by retail offer, location type and geography, as well as persistent vacancy levels.

In the second half of the report, we look at the latest openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain.

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