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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Trends 2017/18 - The evolution of our retail landscape

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

"It has been widely acknowledged that UK retail is going through a turbulent period, with consumer fundamentals such as consumer confidence decreasing and disposable income stable but slower than inflation in 2017. The labour market remained robust with 32.21 million people in work by the end of 2017. The talk in political circles about the ‘squeezed middle’ is filtering through into the retail and leisure sector with various CVAs and administrations announced in the first few months of 2018." Retail and Leisure Trends Report 2017/18: The evolution of our retail landscape, June 2018, Report by LDC.

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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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[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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How are Scotland’s towns and cities performing as retail and leisure destinations?

30 November 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On November 28th, was the Local Data Company’s (LDC) fifth Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit held in partnership with the University of Stirling. The report revealed interesting insights as to how Scottish centres are performing relative to England and Wales but also relative to each other. There was also a short presentation by Chris Fowler of LDC on how data is being captured and used at a local level to understand performance and opportunity with a case study from Aberdeenshire Council on the town of Peterhead.

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[Infographic] Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns and Cities 2017

30 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Institute for Retail Studies - University of Stirling and LDC looks at the latest retail health and trends across Scotland's towns and cities. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises, retail vacancy and retail structure (and associated leisure sector).

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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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Matthew Hopkinson speaks about independent and multiple convenience stores on BBC Radio Nottingham

09 August 2017 by Sarah Phillips

There has been some concern amongst the local independent business community in West Bridgford that a new Sainsbury's Local will impact the local area negatively and will take business away from some of the local independent operators. LDC Director Matthew Hopkinson was asked to provide his opinion on the independent convenience market, based on LDC's data.

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Scotland's Towns and Retail - from Turmoil to Turnaround?

23 December 2016 by Phil Prentice

Retail is a very important sector to the wider Scottish economy – there are more than 20,000 businesses, 250,000 jobs and it’s a £7bn market. 

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Growth in independent High Street stores drives a return to the black for independent retailers across GB

01 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal from the net decline of -194 shops (-0.07%) in H1 2015. A net growth of +200 units in H1 2016 on the High Streets, was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2016.

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