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United Plates of America: The UK burger market

18 July 2018 by Katie Flanigan

Since as early as 1965, American burger brands have been establishing their presence in the UK with big names such as McDonalds, Burger King and Five Guys. This US staple has become a favourite for the British consumer, leading British entrepreneurs to adapt the cuisine to the tastes of the UK. So, who does it better - the US or the UK? I'm going to leverage LDC data to find out!

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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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Superdrug opens vegan pop-up, CVA for House of Fraser and retailers join the war on plastic

08 May 2018 by LDC's Research Team

I think it's safe to say that April was a month of very mixed fortunes. From freezing winds and snow to an early heat-wave which sent temperatures soaring up to 27 degrees - marking the hottest April temperatures since records began. Much the same can be said for the retail landscape at the moment. It can't be denied that challenges in the market are starting to take its toll on some retailers, however there are still those that are defeating the market conditions, proving that there are stories of opportunity and success out there. Here are our highlights from April:

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #4 Pepe’s Piri Piri

31 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Continuing ­our run down of the top five fast food brands for growth in 2017, we come to number 4, London and the midlands’ favourite chicken shop with a twist, Pepe’s Piri Piri.

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The regeneration of Welsh places – expert opinion from LDC’s annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Yesterday in a rather rainy and grey (but still beautiful) Cardiff we held our 3rd annual Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends Summit in the gorgeous Glamorgan building on the Cardiff University campus.

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LDC’s Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #5 Tortilla

17 January 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Over the past few years, fast food has had a make-over. No longer do fast food meals comprise of a greasy burger made out of the cuts of meat normally reserved for I’m a celebrity and some pallid and sad-looking french fries. Now, you can choose your food across breakfast, lunch and dinner and across many different cuisines, countries and persuasions (even vegan!). The biggest change for these brands however has been a move towards fresher, cleaner food and even in some cases, healthy!

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Matalan sales surge, Wasabi sell sushi with Marks & Spencer and the Westgate Oxford opens for business

07 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

October is the scariest month of the year, with trick or treaters walking the streets demanding sweets, the clocks going back, descending us all into mid-afternoon darkness and (the scariest of them all) the Christmas shelves being stocked across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks UK-wide.

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American Apparel return online, Lidl overtakes Waitrose in market share and more closures announced for Barclays bank

22 September 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Last month we experienced a truly British summer with rain, grey clouds and the Great British people carrying on despite it all, with many reporting Retail sales were on the up. Once again, the hardworking LDC desk research team have collated their highlights from the past few weeks and below are the headlines we think you need to know about.

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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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Is the 2016 mid-year slump back for another year?

25 July 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Data from LDC’s quarterly Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version sent to all customers of LDC) has shown that growth across all Retail categories and location types market slowed right down and in many cases, started to reverse in Q2 2017.

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