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BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker

21 February 2018 by Local Data Company

The High Street Sales Tracker (HSST) is a weekly report on like-for-like retail sales which is compiled from retail contributors across the UK. HSST works by bringing together the results of retailers with not only a physical presence but also those with multi-channels and those purely online. BDO collate the data and create a like-for-like measure and through the trends and analysis that they have available, issue a weekly report alongside more in-depth reports. This offers contributors an accurate way of benchmarking their performance against others in the market and against the general consumer shopping patterns. The HSST covers fashion, homewares and lifestyle, in-store and online.

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Having a field day: My time with an LDC field researcher

19 February 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

For the past five weeks working at the Local Data Company I’ve had the opportunity to examine the comprehensive data that we have on the retail and leisure market across GB. Using LDO (LDC’s location insight platform) I can see extensive information on an entire town whether it be the number and nature of all the restaurants and shops in a location or the health of a specific street. LDC track over 600,000 units on a 6 or 12 month basis and use a combination of desk research and field research to keep the database up to date. I wanted to know more about what the source of all this information is. 

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 3rd Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

30 January 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

This January we held our 3rd Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on the beautiful Cardiff University campus. We were lucky enough to be joined by panellists who are heavily involved in the world of Welsh retail and regeneration. These experts provided an overview of their vision for the future for Wales’ local businesses and economy.

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 December 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in partnership with the University of Stirling we interviewed our panel of experts who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail in Scotland, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for the Scottish market.

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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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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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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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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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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the change in spending patterns on You&Yours, BBC Radio 4

23 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Predictions are that retailers could have a tough time in the year ahead. Winifred Robinson from the You&Yours show on BBC Radio 4 says we spent less last year than we did the years before - On the high street, people are buying experiences and they don't cost as much as the stuff we used to buy.

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Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson discuss Scotland's 2016 retail position on BBC Radio Scotland

14 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On December 13, LDC with the University of Stirling held its 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit. During the event, the latest findings on the retail health and emerging trends across Scotland were presented.

John Beattie from BBC Radio Scotland interviewed Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson after the event, to understand the retail and leisure mix across Scottish cities and towns. The following points were discussed:

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