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[Infographic] Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores (2012-2017)

24 April 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

"Across GB the state of the grocery market is one of a changing landscape, with the previously clear divisions between supermarkets, convenience stores and discounters becoming blurred. Convenience stores are becoming more and more like mini-supermarkets with a larger chilled food offer, food-to-go selection and fresh produce. Discounters have made similar moves, opening larger stores with some adding in fashion concession partners to increase their offer to shoppers and the Big 4 supermarkets have seen their market share erode in the last couple of years." Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', March 2018, Report by LDC

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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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A Lidl ambition goes a long way as the discounter matches Waitrose in market share

04 August 2017 by Nicky Christie

Yet again, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Lidl can be heralded as the fastest growing UK grocer. In their latest data to 12 weeks ending 16th July we see them neck and neck with Waitrose at 5.1% market share, trailing behind their discount counterpart Aldi by just 1.9%.

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[Infographic] - Analysis on Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores across Great Britain

15 June 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

"The landscape of convenience retail in Britain has undergone huge upheavals in the past five years. The latest wave of expansion may have reached a natural end, yet there is good reason to believe that even more fundamental changes lie in the future, as competing store formats continue to proliferate and non-store, non-traditional retailing begins to command a bigger portion of a market worth more than £150 billion each year." Introduction, 'Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', June 2017 Report by LDC 

On June 14th, LDC published their annual Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores report built to answer two fundamental questions: what are the trends and where are the opportunities?

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours program

15 June 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on Wednesday's You & Yours program.

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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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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the latest convenience stores analysis from 2011 to 2015 on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours Show

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to You & Yours about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why so many places have seen the number of convenience stores decline in 2015 
  • Morrisons' exiting the convenience store market
  • Whether convenience stores are going to continue to grow in 2016 and 2017
  • How competition from the likes of Aldi and Lidl may effect the 'Big 4' supermarkets' convenience stores
  • The impact of online food orders such as Amazon
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Matthew Hopkinson on Radio 5 Live talking about the saturation of convenience stores across GB

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money show about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why we may be at a saturation point with convenience stores across Great Britain
  • The closure of 132 M Locals
  • How the consumer behaviour of eating out or ordering in becomes a challenge to supermarkets and convenience
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Infographic - Convenience Stores Report June (2011 - 2015)

17 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by LDC looks at the growth of the Convenience Stores over the last five years (2011 - 2015).

This report looks at the fastest growing convenience stores assessing the fastest growing retailers' convenience store formats and which towns are seeing the most new stores.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC comments: "Whilst supermarkets continued to grow their larger store formats over the last five years it has been their convenience store formats that have been growing at twice the rate of these formats." 

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the growth of supermarkets and discounters from 2010 to 2015 on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours Show

09 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

You have probably noticed on your local high street, the number of discount stores that has been rising steadily over the last 5 years. Big names on the high street are stuggling to compete. Are discounters taking over the 'Big 4' supermarkets? 

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss, the growth in competition the main stream supermarkets have seen over the last 5 years and thus loss of market share as the discounters have opened up around them, on BBC You&Yours Radio 4:

  • How fast is the growth of discounters compared to the growth of supermarkets.
  • How the increase in store density ('people to store' ratio) affects supermarkets and discounters.
  • How challenging it is for new entrants in this incredibly tight market to succeed.
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