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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from our expert Retail & Leisure Summit Panel

29 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 15th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

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What were 2016’s key retail and leisure trends? (Part 1)

24 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On Tuesday 21st March, LDC held its 15th Retail and Leisure Summit where I presented what the trends of 2016 were, alongside looking back to 2012, which was when the peak in vacancy rates and closures occurred. A quick summary of those trends is below and more detail can be found in the FULL report if you are an LDC client or in the SUMMARY which can be downloaded for free HERE.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the change in spending patterns on You&Yours, BBC Radio 4

23 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Predictions are that retailers could have a tough time in the year ahead. Winifred Robinson from the You&Yours show on BBC Radio 4 says we spent less last year than we did the years before - On the high street, people are buying experiences and they don't cost as much as the stuff we used to buy.

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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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Growth in store numbers across GB town centres, shopping centres and retail parks as openings exceed closures

15 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

February’s monthly Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for January, including openings and closures numbers and vacancy rates across retail locations in GB.

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[Press Release] Vacancy rates in limbo as fourth quarter begins: Improvement has flattened – stays flat

18 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate has now varied from 12.3% by no more than 0.1% in the past eight months, decreasing just -0.1% in October from 12.4% in September.

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PwC/LDC openings and closures in Top 500 towns across GB in H1 2016

27 October 2016 by Local Data Company

Retailers closing 15 stores a day as the high street continues to reshape, says PwC and LDC.


• Lowest number of store openings since 2011
• Tobacconists, estate agents and jewellers thriving
• ‘Fintech’ advances see click and collect services booming

In the first six months of 2016, 2,656 shops closed on Great Britain’s high streets, a rate of 15 stores a day, PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) reveals.

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‘In the balance’ – LDC’s report on what has happened in UK retail and leisure in H1 2016

27 September 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last week LDC held its 14th bi-annual retail and leisure summit in London at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner. How time flies since the first summit back in 2009 which for those of you who remember was when the retail world got its first recession shock with the closure of 809 Woolworths on one day in January.

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[Video] Retail opinion from our expert H1 2016 Retail and Leisure panel

23 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

During our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit we asked the expert members of our panel about the current state of retail, how some of the issues raised in the H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report can be addressed and what changes they can foresee in the next 12 months.

Below, you will find three videos where Raefe Watkin-Rees – Property Director at Pizza Hut, Mike Jervis – Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Terry Duddy – Non-exec Director at Debenhams & Hammerson PLC, Ben Dimson – Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, Vicky Fowler – Partner, Planning & Environment at BLP give their answers.

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Video Summary: LDC's 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

22 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

On Tuesday we held our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's London offices. The event was our most successful yet, with around 160 people in attendance.

During the event, Matthew shared the latest analysis of the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

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