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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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Data: What’s next on the menu? - How to use footfall to identify and leverage new opportunities

14 February 2018 by Lucy Stainton

The increasing cost base that the F&B sector has faced is well documented but it’s the top line threat that has become all the more apparent over the last 6 months. Is this a short term consumer spending squeeze or a more fundamental shift in behaviour? Understanding the cause, can help manage trends and ensure you are making the most of your portfolio. Here, Lucy Stainton from Local Data Company (LDC) looks at the importance of footfall data.

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Sharp slowdown in shop openings in second quarter of 2017

14 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘Turning Point’) published today shows that the second quarter of 2017 saw the number of shop openings reduce by 84% compared to Q2 2016.

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How are John Lewis leading the way with their click-and-collect service?

07 September 2017 by Marianna Avgousti

In their recent weekly sales figures, market leading department store, John Lewis, reported an increase in sales across all their departments on the same week in 2016 (week 32). Overall fashion sales were up +7.5%; primarily driven by womenswear, which increased by +21.5%. Electrical and Home Technology sales grew +9.2%, facilitated by a +53% increase in sales of Apple MacBooks by matching a competitor's promotion - proving the retailer remains true to its price-matching slogan “Never Knowingly Undersold”. Overall, total sales for the week climbed by +5.9% year-on-year.

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Meet the panellists for LDC's 16th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

25 August 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On September 14th, we will be holding our bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Summitwhich is kindly hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson from LDC will be revealing the top level findings from our latest report on retail and leisure trends in H1 2017. This will include openings and closures of Retail and Leisure units, vacancy rates across GB, location health index and footfall insights.

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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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A Lidl ambition goes a long way as the discounter matches Waitrose in market share

04 August 2017 by Nicky Christie

Yet again, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Lidl can be heralded as the fastest growing UK grocer. In their latest data to 12 weeks ending 16th July we see them neck and neck with Waitrose at 5.1% market share, trailing behind their discount counterpart Aldi by just 1.9%.

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How can we fully understand GB places in today's complex landscape?

21 July 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On a sunny day back in May, we held our second ‘Retail Leaders’ Forum’ event in conjunction with the Saïd Business School in Oxford. These events are held bi-annually and are designed to provide an environment for current and future leaders in retail to share challenges and best practice in how they use data to drive their businesses forward.

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How healthy is Holland & Barrett's estate?

Hitting the headlines recently has been the news that Holland & Barrett (H&B) is currently undergoing acquisition by L1 Retail for £1.8 billion. Following on from this, LDC's two talented Data Insight Interns, James and Marianna, have used LDC data to review H&B’s estate to understand the position of the UK’s largest health food retailer.

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