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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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Meet our panellists for the 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

We will be hosting our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's offices in London on Tuesday 20th September. With almost 300 people signed up already, it looks like this will be our most popular summit to date.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson will present the latest analysis on the Retail & Leisure Health and Trends from over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks across Great Britain in H1 2016. 

There will then be a panel discussion with retail industry experts, where you have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

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[Video] Expert opinion from the 5th Retail Market Trends Summit

01 April 2016 by Mark Colgan

During our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit we asked the expert members of our panel about the current state of retail, how some of the issues raised in the H2 2015 Retail Market Trends Report can be addressed and what changes they can foresee in 2016.

Below, you will find three videos where Michael Weedon - Deputy CEO of bira, Eva Pascoe - E-commerce Director at TheRetailPractice and Andrew Angeli - Head of UK Research at CBRE Global Investors give their answers.

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LDC's 5th Retail Market Trends in Pictures

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company

On Wednesday, 30th March 2016, we held our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London. At the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015.

We had the pleasure of welcoming a diverse panel of retail industry experts including: Damien Wild - Editor of the Estate Gazette (who chaired the panel discussion), Anthony Newton - Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, Eva Pascoe - E-commerce Director at TheRetailPractice, Andrew Angeli - Head of UK Research at CBRE Global Investors, and Michael Weedon - Deputy CEO of bira.

The event was a great success with around 100 professionals from the retail industry. Thank you for everyone that made it! You can find the photos of the event here.

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[Video] 5th Retail Market Trends Summit Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company
On 30th March, we hosted our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015. 

For those who were unable to make the event, Matthew has summarised the key findings from the report, the questions posed during the panel discussion and topics to keep in mind for 2016.

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