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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the reasons some towns in Greater Manchester could be at risk of losing their M&S store on BBC Radio Manchester

18 November 2016 by Sarah Phillips

Following the announcement that M&S are due to close 30 of their larger stores selling fashion and homeware products to focus on their food offering, Matthew Hopkinson released a blog on how M&S might look at which stores they will close, with a list of stores that could be in danger.

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10 Key Findings from the Convenience Stores: The Inconvenient Truth Report

26 June 2015 by Mark Colgan

For those who haven't downloaded our latest report Convenience Stores Report "The Inconvenient Truth" we have put together a summary of the key findings here:

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

16 June 2015 by Matthew Hopkinson

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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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Britain’s shop vacancy remains at 13.0% in April

07 May 2015 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain. Britain’s vacancy rate remains at 13.0% in April from a rate of 13.0% in March. The overall retail and leisure vacancy rate has also remained the same at 11.6%.

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Vacancy rates back to 2010 levels as Britain’s shop vacancy falls to 13.0% in March 2015

09 April 2015 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain. Britain’s shop vacancy falls to 13.0% in March from a rate of 13.1% in February. The overall retail and leisure vacancy rate has also fallen slightly to 11.6% from 11.7% in February.

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Bridging the Gap Between Ecommerce and Bricks-and-Mortar: How Retail Will Change in 2015

05 March 2015 by Local Data Company

Over £100 billion worth of sales in UK retail all happened via digital channels last year.

Reported by IMRG and Capgemini, online sales figures surpassed the hundred billion pound mark for the first time last year in an upward trend that’s set to continue. Forecasts suggest a further 15% uplift in 2015, meaning online sales will account for over £116 billion.

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Vacancy rates, puns and travel hubs!

14 February 2015 by Local Data Company

This week has been a very busy week. It started with our 9th Retail Summit, which was held at Freshfields in London. Over 160 people turned out to hear how whilst vacancy rates have started to slowly come down we are seeing this only in the ‘South” but in the ‘North” the opposite is true. So the north/south divide is certainly very evident and growing when you look at vacancy rates. London and the South East are c.10% and the North East and North West are 17%! 

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Britain’s shop vacancy rate drops to 13.2% in December

12 January 2015 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain
Britain’s vacancy drops to 13.2% in December. The overall retail and leisure vacancy rate has remained at 11.8%.

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2015 - What does it hold for retailers, towns, retail parks and shopping centres?

02 January 2015 by Local Data Company
In his first post of 2015 Matthew Hopkinson, Director at The Local Data Company, asks what 2015 will hold for retailers, towns, retail parks and shopping centres? You can read the full post on Mathew's blog by clicking here. Read more

A year in review. What did LDC do in 2014?

22 December 2014 by Local Data Company

2014 has been a busy and fruitful year for The Local Data Company. Throughout the year we have hosted 6 events across the UK that attracted over 685 attendees. These events would not have been a success without the contributions from panelists and attendees so thank you all for your contribution.

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