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Retail Market Trends Report Summary (2015)

31 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

Yesterday we hosted our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London.

The event was a great success with around 100 professionals from the retail industry joining us to hear the latest analysis and to network over breakfast, whilst taking in the views of London from the 12th floor at Hogan Lovells. 

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[Press Release] The number of Independent shops opening reduces from 11 a day in 2010 to just two a week in 2015

30 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

Data released today by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that independents opened the fewest number of shops in Britain’s top 500 town centres since LDC records began in 2009. Independent shops saw an increase of just +117 shops (+0.11%) in 2015 versus a peak of growth of 4.01% (+3,949 shops) in 2010.

Analysis of town centres, shopping centres and retail parks shows that chain retailers have continued to decline with a net loss of -1,147 shops (-0.59%) in 2015 across GB, which compares to -1,436 shops (-0.76%) in 2014.

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What do the findings of the 2015 Welsh Towns and Cities Report mean for Local Councils and Government?

01 February 2016 by Local Data Company

We recently published a report in partnership with Cardiff University which shows how Welsh towns and cities are on different courses. Some towns and cities are seeing significant falls in their vacancy rates, others have a low percentage of independent occupiers and some have an overexposure to Booze, Cheque cashing and gambling occupiers (BMG Index).

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What do the findings of the 2015 Welsh Towns and Cities Report mean for Retail Investors?

29 January 2016 by Local Data Company

We recently published a report in partnership with Cardiff University which shows how Welsh towns and cities are on different courses. Some towns and cities are seeing significant falls in their vacancy rates, others have a low percentage of independent occupiers and some have an overexposure to Booze, Cheque cashing and gambling occupiers (BMG Index).

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What do the findings of the 2015 Welsh Towns and Cities Report mean for Retail occupiers?

28 January 2016 by Local Data Company

We recently published a report in partnership with Cardiff University which shows how Welsh towns and cities are on different courses. Some towns and cities are seeing significant falls in their vacancy rates, others have a low percentage of independent occupiers and some have an overexposure to Booze, Cheque cashing and gambling occupiers (BMG Index).

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How did our ‘shopping’ places change in 2015 and what can we expect to see in 2016?

04 January 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

On New Year’s eve 2015 it is a good time to briefly reflect on what happened in 2015 and what these trends might point towards in 2016.

I believe that 2015 has been a positive year in many ways for many high streets, shopping centres and retail parks but sadly not for all. I would, however, say that for the majority they have seen the changes that one has hoped for and many have talked about.

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BHS – Sink or Swim?

28 January 2015 by Local Data Company

In the Press

Discount successes like Aldi, Primark and Lidl may be in the running to purchase BHS but rumours are rife that Pep & Co (ex Asda Boss Andy Bond’s new venture) are in the driving seat. But if Sir Philip Green could not turn it around what is the magic formula required for success?

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How fast is the face of your High Street changing?

23 January 2015 by Local Data Company

A picture paints a thousand words! Here is a great example of how LDC paints a picture on every high street in the country. One location, five years and six shops – that is the churn rate of 52 Lord Street Liverpool from 2011-15. In one occupier case (Sienna) it was just a matter of days that they had the lights on.

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More Independent shops open in H1 2014 than at any time since 2011

16 October 2014 by Local Data Company
This week we published some analysis on the health of the independent shops sector. It shows that traditional independent shops and leisure outlets continue to increase in Britain’s town centres whilst the chains continue to retreat. Contrary to popular belief independent high street businesses have continued to grow every year since 2009 albeit in smaller numbers as the years have passed.
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The first 12 Portas Towns – how have they changed two years on?

05 August 2014 by Local Data Company

The BBC (Radio 4, You & Yours) commissioned LDC to update analysis we did for them last year with regards key indicators on the first 12 Portas Towns. We analysed vacancy rates, openings and closures and the independent v multiple mix

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