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Matalan sales surge, Wasabi sell sushi with Marks & Spencer and the Westgate Oxford opens for business

07 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

October is the scariest month of the year, with trick or treaters walking the streets demanding sweets, the clocks going back, descending us all into mid-afternoon darkness and (the scariest of them all) the Christmas shelves being stocked across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks UK-wide.

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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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The impact of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on footfall

01 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem and Chris Fowler

Every August, thousands of performers from around the world take over Scotland’s capital to present an amazing range of shows making this event the world’s largest arts festival - the “Edinburgh Arts Festival” combining the famous “Fringe Festival” and the “Edinburgh International Festival”.

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What impact will the refurbishment of the Westgate have on Oxford city centre?

27 October 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, world-class education and a £440m refurbished shopping centre comprising of 800,000 sq ft of retail space called the Westgate Oxford.

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Who and where are the risers and fallers in the UK food and beverage market? (Part 2 F&B Market Series)

26 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Part 1 of this food and beverage snapshot showed the accelerated growth in F&B outlets across the UK in the last 12 months (from July 2016) with growth coming from both independent operators and chains (with more than five units nationally). Part 1 covered the macro trends and this next section will look at which operators have been growing and contracting, along with the location types where this change is occurring. 

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Can Britain's appetite for eating and drinking outlets be sustained? - Part 1

12 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

New analysis by LDC shows some significant trends in the openings and closures of food and beverage (F&B) outlets across the country. ONS data released in February 2017 showed that spending by households on restaurants and hotels was now more than £45 per week, which is the highest in five years. In February last year, NPD Group published figures that claimed Britons spent a total of £52.2bn eating out in 2015 and that this will rise to £54.7bn by 2017. Burgers alone accounted for £4.2bn of spend, with coffee forecast to rise from £2.17bn in 2015 to £2.4bn in 2017.

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[Press Release] Explosive growth of Independent high street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016

11 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Data released today by the Local Data Company (LDC) and the British Independent Retailers Association ( bira ) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains (with more than five stores nationally) continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +762 shops (+0.27%) in H1 2017. This is a significant rise from the net increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. A net increase of +562 units in H1 2017 on the high streets was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2017, with this being a +181% increase from the +200 unit growth in H1 2016.

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The Entertainer and Zara report good H1 results, Aldi plans 70 new stores and Boxpark announce a new site in Wembley

05 October 2017 by Sarah Phillips

As we wave goodbye to the summer months of 2017, the team at LDC are still ever hopeful for a late heatwave. None more so than our 50 strong team of field researchers, who spend their days physically walking the streets up and down GB capturing all the retail and leisure activity, talking pictures and installing footfall devices for our growing client base.

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[LDC Press Release] Growth in Britain’s eating out establishments reaches 5 year peak

28 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

A new report by The Local Data Company (LDC) reveals that the number of new food and beverage (F&B) outlets opening across Great Britain has reached a new peak in the last 12 months.

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