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Has the internet killed the role of department stores?

16 February 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Department stores have been the feature of the British high street for centuries. They made their entry onto the high street in the late 19th Century and since then some original names have gone and others have survived. For example, Harrods, probably the best known internationally, opened its doors in London in 1834 and remained as one iconic store until very recently when it expanded into airports.

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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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Can local shopping centres co-exist?

10 February 2017 by William Ogle

Westfield Stratford City in Central London could be considered as a wonder of modern retail.

Opened by the Westfield Group, it was the first major step in an attempt to rejuvenate the area in the build-up to the Olympic Games the following year. For many, it has been seen as a rousing success.

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The transition towards leisure in retail parks: key findings and expert commentary

03 February 2017 by Nelia Vateva and Ashley Blake

Over the past five to ten years retail parks have experienced a significant transformation with regards to tenant mix and occupancy rates. This asset class has become a preferred destination not only for fashion retailers of the likes of Next and New Look but also restaurants such as Nando’s, McDonalds and KFC, all of which traditionally used to occupy high streets in town centres.

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[Video] LDC's 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit 2017 - Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

03 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On Tuesday 24th January, LDC joined together with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) to present the findings from their latest report on retailing in Wales. 

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Off to a flying start: the first SmartStreetSensor Partner Forum

27 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The SmartStreetSensor project is a groundbreaking footfall study that was launched by LDC and UCL last year. Since the birth of the project, we've had leading retailers, BIDs and local councils come on board and the project has gone from strength to strength.

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2016

25 January 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research Data and Methods (WISERD) and LDC looks at the general health and emerging trends in retail across Welsh towns and cities in 2016. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

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Who will be joining us at the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit in Cardiff?

13 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

In just over a week, LDC, in conjunction with Cardiff Univeristy will be hosting the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit. The event will be held on the 24th January from 10am - 1.30pm and will take place in the beautiful Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University

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Scotland's Towns and Retail - from Turmoil to Turnaround?

23 December 2016 by Phil Prentice

Retail is a very important sector to the wider Scottish economy – there are more than 20,000 businesses, 250,000 jobs and it’s a £7bn market. 

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Retail vacancy and structural change in Scotland’s towns and cities

19 December 2016 by Professor Leigh Sparks

For the last four years, mid December has seen the release of the latest edition of the LDC/University of Stirling Retail report on the situation of retailing in the major towns and cities across Scotland. Last Tuesday saw the fourth edition formally launched at a breakfast event at KPMG in Edinburgh, with coverage across various media – though with various slants, ranging from wanting to see the news as positive to wanting to turn it into the negative.

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