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Infographic - Full Year 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

22 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On 21st March 2017, we held our 15th Retail & Leisure Summit. It was a very successful event with the largest turnout ever of 150 attendees. We couldn't have done it without our amazing panel, and a curious audience - so thank you again for joining us.

We also released our full year 2016 report on Great Britiain's retail and leisure trends. The report shows how in the run up to the referendum, the number of shops opening decreased and numbers of shops sank (especially for town centres) across GB. However, recovery came in the second half of the year and over-all vacancy continues its gentle decline. An analysis of business rates is also included in the report, detailing worst affected areas, which could feel the impact of this for years to come and much, much more.

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Are you ready for LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit?

10 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit is less than two weeks away and it's shaping up to be our most popular summit to date.

If you already have questions that you would like answered during the panel Q&A session, please send them to us by completing the form at the bottom of this post.

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Infographic - In the balance: H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

21 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Our latest report titled In the balance, looks at the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

The report begins by looking at the current UK Economy, especially in light of the Brexit decision in June. It then focuses on the Health of the Retail industry across Great Britain in terms of vacancy rates by retail offer, location type and geography, as well as persistent vacancy levels.

In the second half of the report, we look at the latest openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain.

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Join the LDC team on Stand 76 at BCSC (14th & 15th September)

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

In a few week's time the LDC team will be travelling up to Manchester for BCSC on 14th & 15th September.

Matthew Hopkinson, Chris Fowler, Nelia Vateva, Lucy Stainton and Ronald Nyakairu will be there to answer any questions that you may have.

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Infographic - Convenience Stores Report June (2011 - 2015)

17 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by LDC looks at the growth of the Convenience Stores over the last five years (2011 - 2015).

This report looks at the fastest growing convenience stores assessing the fastest growing retailers' convenience store formats and which towns are seeing the most new stores.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC comments: "Whilst supermarkets continued to grow their larger store formats over the last five years it has been their convenience store formats that have been growing at twice the rate of these formats." 

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Infographic - Supermarkets vs. Discounters Report (2010 - 2015)

08 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

A new report published today, looks at the growth of the supermarkets and the discounters from 2010 - 2015.

The report analyses growth by fascia and by town and identifies how and where the main stream supermarkets have seen growth in competition and thus loss of market share as the discounters have opened up around them.

Whilst the number of supermarkets grew by 33% in the last five years, the discounters have grown significantly faster at 52%.

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Infographic - Sainsbury's Bid for Home Retail Group

13 January 2016 by Mark Colgan


In light of Sainsbury's publishing a 22 page presentation which outlines their plans should they acquire Home Retail Group, we performed some analysis on the store numbers.

Using LocalDataIOnline, our Retail Location tool, we are able to see how many Argos stores have a Sainsbury's supermarket within a 200m radius and also which regions are likely to be most affected if an acquisition went ahead.

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Media Shower Interview: Getting the Most Out of Data

10 December 2015 by Mark Colgan

I was recently interviewed by Media Shower as part of their Expert Interview program and asked to discuss how LDC collects its data, how companies can use the data and some recent examples of how companies have benefited from it.

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Manchester to London. Cycling. In a Day.

06 October 2015 by Mark Colgan

A month ago, Barnaby Oswald (Managing Director at The Local Data Company) took part in an incredible charity event which involved cycling from Manchester to a day! Yes, that's 220 miles in a day! Read about his experience and observations from the challenge below...

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How do you relate to the digital natives of the world?

16 June 2015 by Matthew Hopkinson


As ever it is great to have the opportunity to listen to views on what is happening in the UK retail and leisure sectors and last week was no exception when I attended the BCSC North conference near Chester. Below are some of the key takeaways I noted down.

  • An increasing volume of space in stores is being given over to non-merchandise areas – essentially this is about creating social spaces. Niketown has for a long time been good at experience areas but it seems that places to just go and chill out within a shop are taking off.
  • Where political will exists for redevelopment then things happen. Grand Central in Birmingham was the case in point where the drive for a grand entrance to Birmingham resulted in the new John Lewis anchored development by the train station. That said one person observed that the dominance of the John Lewis store makes it more of a welcome to John Lewis Birmingham rather than the city itself – I shall leave that for you to decide when you next visit.
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