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Superdrug opens vegan pop-up, CVA for House of Fraser and retailers join the war on plastic

08 May 2018 by LDC's Research Team

I think it's safe to say that April was a month of very mixed fortunes. From freezing winds and snow to an early heat-wave which sent temperatures soaring up to 27 degrees - marking the hottest April temperatures since records began. Much the same can be said for the retail landscape at the moment. It can't be denied that challenges in the market are starting to take its toll on some retailers, however there are still those that are defeating the market conditions, proving that there are stories of opportunity and success out there. Here are our highlights from April:

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Lego named as UK's strongest brand, Tesco and Morrisons reported as the fastest growing supermarkets, and Westfield London becomes the largest shopping centre in Europe

04 April 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

A bank holiday always lifts the spirits and from everyone at LDC we truly hope you had a very "hoppy" Easter! 

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Kidswear lines are on the rise, McColl's revenue reaches £1bn, and NewRiver looks for opportunities in the purchasing of retail parks

05 March 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

February may have been a bit colder than usual, but LDC knows that warm weather is on the horizon (and we are definitely looking forward to it!)

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Zara reported as the most valuable Spanish brand, Brighton will see new retailers and restaurants, and Post Office is set to open 25 new branches in Central London

05 February 2018 by Nikki Sheinkop

It’s a month into the new year and that means our New Year’s resolutions have probably been broken, our new gym memberships have been cancelled and that skill we wanted to learn will have to wait until next year. We might be back in our routines, but the retail community is certainly looking fit and healthy.

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Harrods set for £200m refurb, Iceland to open 400 The Food Warehouse stores and Swindon's green light for a new ski and leisure complex.

12 December 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Christmas has finally arrived! And with it comes all that good stuff; choosing a Christmas tree, bingeing on mince pies and LDC's favourite part... Christmas shopping!

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Matalan sales surge, Wasabi sell sushi with Marks & Spencer and the Westgate Oxford opens for business

07 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

October is the scariest month of the year, with trick or treaters walking the streets demanding sweets, the clocks going back, descending us all into mid-afternoon darkness and (the scariest of them all) the Christmas shelves being stocked across high streets, shopping centres and retail parks UK-wide.

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The Entertainer and Zara report good H1 results, Aldi plans 70 new stores and Boxpark announce a new site in Wembley

05 October 2017 by Sarah Phillips

As we wave goodbye to the summer months of 2017, the team at LDC are still ever hopeful for a late heatwave. None more so than our 50 strong team of field researchers, who spend their days physically walking the streets up and down GB capturing all the retail and leisure activity, talking pictures and installing footfall devices for our growing client base.

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Amazon break sales records, Tesco launch same day delivery and Bolton council reveal £1bn revamp plans for the town centre

11 August 2017 by Sarah Phillips

July was the month when summer officially started, the kids celebrated the start of their summer holiday and parents desperately search for things to entertain their kids for a full five weeks. However, LDC’s office-based research team were hard at work scanning the internet for activity in the Retail and Leisure market. Here’s a snapshot of what happened in July split by retail sector:

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