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LDC's latest report on the fashion sector is out now!

13 September 2018 by Sarah Phillips

To mark the start of London fashion week, we have just released our latest focused report on the fashion sector. Fashion is a market which has experienced unprecedented change over the past few years and months. The aim of this  report was to review the fashion sector in an objective and independent way using LDC data to understand and quantify the challenges faced by retailers. As with all of our reports, we are sharing this research free of charge so that we can support retailers to future-proof their businesses through knowledge, insight and data. Access the report here.

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Latest LDC research on the status of the BHS estate reveals over half still lie empty two years after the final closure

29 August 2018 by Sarah Phillips

The 28th August marked the two year anniversary of the final closure of high street stalwart BHS after 88 years of trading. Even though two years has passed, BHS is still a relevant topic for many, as the stores often occupied sizable units in prominent locations and acted as the anchor for many towns and cities. So, two years on, how many of these units have been re-occupied? Who is the retailer who has taken most of the stores? What is happening to these large-format stores? The latest LDC data, analysed by Senior Insight Analyst Ronald Nyakairu tells us everything we need to know about the estate today.

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Primark – what’s the secret to its success?

11 July 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Whether you pronounce it Preemark, Primark or Primarni, there is no doubt that you’ll have come across Primark – the value fashion and homewares retailer that has become a staple of British high streets and shopping centres. Known for its quick fashion, basic styles and most prominently, small price tags, Primark has a distinctive offer within the fashion market, with many opting to love or hate the brand.

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[Videos] Expert opinion on the retail and leisure market

20 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Earlier this month we held our 17th bi-annual retail and leisure summit. This year we were lucky enough to be joined by fantastic speakers from some innovative and ground-breaking organisations. We grabbed a few of our speakers after the event to quiz them on innovation, what retailers can do to survive in today's challenging market and their predictions for the next 12 months and five years. We've got their answers for you here:

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Autonomous vehicles, cashless retailing and a bid to end procrastination - a summary of LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

On 4th June, we welcomed over 100 delegates into the stunning BDO LLP offices for our 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit. As LDC celebrates its 15th birthday this year, we took the opportunity to shake up the format of our summits. This year we invited guest speakers to the event to talk about their experiences in retail, innovation and disruption.

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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Trends 2017/18 - The evolution of our retail landscape

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

"It has been widely acknowledged that UK retail is going through a turbulent period, with consumer fundamentals such as consumer confidence decreasing and disposable income stable but slower than inflation in 2017. The labour market remained robust with 32.21 million people in work by the end of 2017. The talk in political circles about the ‘squeezed middle’ is filtering through into the retail and leisure sector with various CVAs and administrations announced in the first few months of 2018." Retail and Leisure Trends Report 2017/18: The evolution of our retail landscape, June 2018, Report by LDC.

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[Press Release] Slowdown in the leisure sector evident for the first time since 2012, although niche cuisine types continue to thrive.

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘The evolution of our retail landscape’) published on Tuesday 5th June, shows that the net number of leisure units across GB fell in 2017 for the first time since 2012. However, there are winners in this sector with niche cuisine types breaking through - vegan, Jamaican, Brazilian and Argentinian restaurants are all expanding.

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Chris Fowler talks on Radio 4's Today programme about the findings from LDC's latest research

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This morning marked the release of LDC's bi-annual report on the retail and leisure sector, which is available to download for free here. Relationship Manager Chris Fowler was invited onto Radio 4's Today program to discuss the findings and the implications for the market going forward.

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Our latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure report is out now!

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This bi-annual report looks at the entire retail and leisure sector over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months of 2017.

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LDC's Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #1 Five Guys

23 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Five Guys is an American burger joint which originated in Virginia DC in 1986, when the Murrell brothers were encouraged by their parents to start a business. As the family grew, so did the business, which resulted in them naming the brand that is known in several corners of the world as ‘Five Guys’ (representing the five Murrell brothers). The unique selling point for Five Guys was the ability for its customers to be able to customise their burger with as many fresh toppings as you could imagine. They also focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and to this day, Five Guys don’t have a single can opener or a freezer in any of their stores worldwide! 

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