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Four ways footfall data can power investment strategy

18 April 2018 by Clara Molin

LDC’s SmartStreetSensor footfall tracking network now comprises over 1,000 allocated devices, ranging from Aberdeen down to Plymouth and a huge range of locations in between. As our network continues to grow in size, it also grows in value each week as more sensors age and start to yield comparable year-on-year insights. With many in the retail and investment market acknowledging a challenging environment, the need to use data as evidence to intelligently discover where opportunities lie has become more critical than ever. LDC has been tracking the retail and leisure market for over 10 years now, and through our powerful combination of field and desk research, we have built a rich database of historical trend information which can help us to predict where this market will go next. However, we believe that the next frontier in understanding how our retail locations are used is being able to track footfall, not just coming into stores and assets, but also the pavement opportunity outside.

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Lego named as UK's strongest brand, Tesco and Morrisons reported as the fastest growing supermarkets, and Westfield London becomes the largest shopping centre in Europe

04 April 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

A bank holiday always lifts the spirits and from everyone at LDC we truly hope you had a very "hoppy" Easter! 

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Kidswear lines are on the rise, McColl's revenue reaches £1bn, and NewRiver looks for opportunities in the purchasing of retail parks

05 March 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

February may have been a bit colder than usual, but LDC knows that warm weather is on the horizon (and we are definitely looking forward to it!)

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Zara reported as the most valuable Spanish brand, Brighton will see new retailers and restaurants, and Post Office is set to open 25 new branches in Central London

05 February 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

It’s a month into the new year and that means our New Year’s resolutions have probably been broken, our new gym memberships have been cancelled and that skill we wanted to learn will have to wait until next year. We might be back in our routines, but the retail community is certainly looking fit and healthy.

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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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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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Amazon break sales records, Tesco launch same day delivery and Bolton council reveal £1bn revamp plans for the town centre

11 August 2017 by Sarah Phillips

July was the month when summer officially started, the kids celebrated the start of their summer holiday and parents desperately search for things to entertain their kids for a full five weeks. However, LDC’s office-based research team were hard at work scanning the internet for activity in the Retail and Leisure market. Here’s a snapshot of what happened in July split by retail sector:

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