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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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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #3 Leon

28 February 2018 by Sarah Phillips

‘Why can’t fast food be good food?’ - This was the question which led to the creation of the brand which takes up a respectable bronze place in our top five fast food restaurants of 2017. At number three, we have healthy fast food brand (and another LDC favourite) Leon.

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Chris Fowler speaks about how places can reduce the impact of retail closures on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program

09 February 2018 by Sarah Phillips

With announcements made this week about further closures for M&S, Chris Fowler was invited on to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program to talk about what towns can do to mitigate some of the impact.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #4 Pepe’s Piri Piri

31 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Continuing ­our run down of the top five fast food brands for growth in 2017, we come to number 4, London and the midlands’ favourite chicken shop with a twist, Pepe’s Piri Piri.

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The regeneration of Welsh places – expert opinion from LDC’s annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Yesterday in a rather rainy and grey (but still beautiful) Cardiff we held our 3rd annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in the gorgeous Glamorgan building on the Cardiff University campus.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #5 Tortilla

17 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Over the past few years, fast food has had a make-over. No longer do fast food meals comprise of a greasy burger made out of the cuts of meat normally reserved for I’m a celebrity and some pallid and sad-looking french fries. Now, you can choose your food across breakfast, lunch and dinner and across many different cuisines, countries and persuasions (even vegan!). The biggest change for these brands however has been a move towards fresher, cleaner food and even in some cases, healthy!

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Harrods set for £200m refurb, Iceland to open 400 The Food Warehouse stores and Swindon's green light for a new ski and leisure complex.

12 December 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Christmas has finally arrived! And with it comes all that good stuff; choosing a Christmas tree, bingeing on mince pies and LDC's favourite part... Christmas shopping!

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Matthew Hopkinson talks strategy for Mary Portas towns on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4's You&Your program

08 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The BBC recently commissioned LDC to complete some research on the Government funded Portas Towns, a project designed to aid regeneration in 12 towns across Great Britain. The research revealed that although the vacancy rate has decreased in 10 of the 12 towns (increases in Market Rasen and Croydon), collectively they have lost almost 1,000 shops five years on. Samantha Fenwick from BBC Radio 4's You&Yours program visits towns included in the scheme Stockport and Market Rasen to review how the towns have changed over the last five years.

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