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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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Who's speaking at LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on 4th June?

22 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Things are getting busy at LDC HQ as we have less than two weeks to go until LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on June 4th.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the evolution of the high street on Reuters' CCTV

16 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Research released in conjunction with PwC last month revealed that openings on Britain's high streets are reducing as the structure, format and offer of our high streets continues to develop. Whilst our high streets are having a tough time, at LDC we think that this is part of an evolution in the way we use our high streets, and through our continuous tracking of activity, we are seeing green shoots of growth for sectors and brands who are willing to innovate and differentiate themselves. Reuters interviewed LDC's Lucy Stainton to find out a bit more about how high streets are faring.

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New white paper - A new way to understand your consumer audience

20 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Today we have released a new white paper, written by Relationship Manager Chris Fowler entitled ‘A New Way to Understand Your Consumer Audience’.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the health of retail parks on Radio 4's You&Yours

18 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Senior Relationship Manager Lucy Stainton was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4's You&Yours programme today to discuss the health of GB's retail parks.

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The Big 4 supermarkets fight back to remain fresh in consumers’ minds

11 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

The UK grocery market is evolving at a rapid pace and as the market is becoming increasingly complex, it is becoming increasingly competitive. Against a backdrop of decreasing consumer confidence and reduced spending, vast numbers of grocery retailers jostle to take market share back from others’ pockets. At the time of writing this blog, LDC data shows that there are 42,240 units classified under the supermarkets, groceries and food shops category.

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Our annual Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores report is now available!

22 March 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This annual report looks at the grocery sector across the Big 4 supermarkets, discounters (Aldi, Lidl, Home Bargains etc) and convenience stores over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months from January 2017 - January 2018.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #2 Krispy Kreme

21 March 2018 by Sarah Phillips

It may not be the first thing you picture when you hear the words fast food, but our next top five fast food restaurant of 2017 was created to make life a little sweeter. We introduce you to number two, Krispy Kreme.

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