Blog
You’ll find the latest news, opinions, market analysis and company updates here. We update the blog on a weekly basis and you can use the navigation on the right hand side to discover new and related blog posts

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Who and where are the risers and fallers in the UK food and beverage market? (Part 2 F&B Market Series)

26 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Part 1 of this food and beverage snapshot showed the accelerated growth in F&B outlets across the UK in the last 12 months (from July 2016) with growth coming from both independent operators and chains (with more than five units nationally). Part 1 covered the macro trends and this next section will look at which operators have been growing and contracting, along with the location types where this change is occurring. 

Read more

Can Britain's appetite for eating and drinking outlets be sustained? - Part 1

12 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

New analysis by LDC shows some significant trends in the openings and closures of food and beverage (F&B) outlets across the country. ONS data released in February 2017 showed that spending by households on restaurants and hotels was now more than £45 per week, which is the highest in five years. In February last year, NPD Group published figures that claimed Britons spent a total of £52.2bn eating out in 2015 and that this will rise to £54.7bn by 2017. Burgers alone accounted for £4.2bn of spend, with coffee forecast to rise from £2.17bn in 2015 to £2.4bn in 2017.

Read more

[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.

Read more

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.

Read more

[LDC Press Release] Growth in Britain’s eating out establishments reaches 5 year peak

28 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

A new report by The Local Data Company (LDC) reveals that the number of new food and beverage (F&B) outlets opening across Great Britain has reached a new peak in the last 12 months.

Read more

[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 16th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

22 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 16th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

Read more

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.

Read more

Video Summary: LDC's 16th Retail and Leisure Summit

15 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The first six months of 2017 produced a remarkable turnaround in some of the key indicators of the health of the UK’s retail locations. Total retail sales excluding fuel jumped by +4.4% in H1 2017 compared to H1 2016 (ONS, value, non-seasonally adjusted) adding £7.2 billion to spending. 77% of adults bought products and services online in 2016 (ONS) and Amazon bought Whole Foods Market, simultaneously boosting the argument that retail and property work well together - and scaring all of its competitors, everywhere.

Read more

Share this post

    
Subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter
(preferably please enter your work email)

New Call-to-action

Recent Posts

Categories

see all