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Sharp slowdown in shop openings in second quarter of 2017

14 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘Turning Point’) published today shows that the second quarter of 2017 saw the number of shop openings reduce by 84% compared to Q2 2016.

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One year on 82% of BHS stores lie empty

28 August 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC's latest research on the 160 stores across Great Britain that once homed BHS, shows that one year on 82% lie empty. Thirty-five stores (22%) have deals or planning permission pending which brings down the figure of those lying empty and with no plans to 60% (96 stores).

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How can we fully understand GB places in today's complex landscape?

21 July 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On a sunny day back in May, we held our second ‘Retail Leaders’ Forum’ event in conjunction with the Saïd Business School in Oxford. These events are held bi-annually and are designed to provide an environment for current and future leaders in retail to share challenges and best practice in how they use data to drive their businesses forward.

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Bing 'Streetside' images now available within LDO maps

07 July 2017 by Ivana Mogin

With the latest version of Bing maps, we saw an opportunity to provide our users with a better experience on LDO, our location insight platform. LDO allows you to view what the retail landscape looks like, incorporating maps with our field researched data on vacancy rates, retail category mix and ratios of independent to multiple businesses for locations.

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Can the growth of coffee shops continue?

16 June 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last month I was asked to contribute to a panel event at the Caffe Culture Show in London and had the pleasure of discussing the market with Darren Williams, Country Director of T2 Tea, Maria Sebastian, SVP at Starbucks EMEA, Paul Ettinger, Director at Caffé Nero and Peter Dore-Smith, founder of Kaffeine. Our ‘quiz master’ was Mark Faithfull.

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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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Growth continues in April, but improvement slows

19 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The May edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for April, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the Tesco Booker deal on Radio 4's You & Yours

05 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about the Tesco Booker deal on today's You & Yours program.

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The changing face and fortunes of Britain’s retail locations

27 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

There have been worries for a few years now that the British High Street is dying. At LDC, we don’t believe that is true, however we do believe that the high street IS changing. But it’s not just high streets that are changing, as all three of the location types that we track at LDC (town centres, shopping centres and retail parks) have had some interesting challenges over the past few years. 

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the impact of the closure of department stores on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

With news breaking this week that M&S will be closing six department stores and that Debenhams is reviewing their store strategy, Matthew Hopkinson was welcomed onto BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program today to provide a 60 second overview on the effect of the closure of department stores on Britain's high streets.

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