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How are Scotland’s towns and cities performing as retail and leisure destinations?

30 November 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On November 28th, was the Local Data Company’s (LDC) fifth Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit held in partnership with the University of Stirling. The report revealed interesting insights as to how Scottish centres are performing relative to England and Wales but also relative to each other. There was also a short presentation by Chris Fowler of LDC on how data is being captured and used at a local level to understand performance and opportunity with a case study from Aberdeenshire Council on the town of Peterhead.

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Our love of eating out seems to be growing - BBC You&Yours interview Matthew Hopkinson

06 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The food & beverage (F&B) market has continued to grow at an even faster pace than ever before and the number of eating establishments has particulary boomed in this last year.

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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.

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Matthew Hopkinson explains to the BBC why large retail spaces such as BHS are difficult to fill

30 August 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

More than half of the 160 BHS stores that closed after the retailer fell into administration a year ago are still sitting empty - revealed in research we released earlier this week.

Bringing to an end 90 years of trading for the famous British chain, research from LDC shows that 60% of the stores still remain empty with no plans for re-occupation.

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