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Autonomous vehicles, cashless retailing and a bid to end procrastination - a summary of LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

On 4th June, we welcomed over 100 delegates into the stunning BDO LLP offices for our 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit. As LDC celebrates its 15th birthday this year, we took the opportunity to shake up the format of our summits. This year we invited guest speakers to the event to talk about their experiences in retail, innovation and disruption.

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Chris Fowler talks on Radio 4's Today programme about the findings from LDC's latest research

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This morning marked the release of LDC's bi-annual report on the retail and leisure sector, which is available to download for free here. Relationship Manager Chris Fowler was invited onto Radio 4's Today program to discuss the findings and the implications for the market going forward.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the evolution of the high street on Reuters' CCTV

16 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Research released in conjunction with PwC last month revealed that openings on Britain's high streets are reducing as the structure, format and offer of our high streets continues to develop. Whilst our high streets are having a tough time, at LDC we think that this is part of an evolution in the way we use our high streets, and through our continuous tracking of activity, we are seeing green shoots of growth for sectors and brands who are willing to innovate and differentiate themselves. Reuters interviewed LDC's Lucy Stainton to find out a bit more about how high streets are faring.

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‘Digital’ - the high street’s biggest adversary, or secret weapon?

10 May 2018 by Lucy Stainton

A review of 3 young tech businesses which are working for, and not against, our high streets.

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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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A New Look for every town? [Portfolio Overview]

14 December 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

This week saw Moodys downgrade New Look and House of Fraser’s credit ratings. With this in mind and the fact that there is a new management team at New Look delivering a new strategy then a shallow dive on their physical store estate is of interest especially when benchmarked to others in the fashion and clothing sector.

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How healthy is Holland & Barrett's estate?

Hitting the headlines recently has been the news that Holland & Barrett (H&B) is currently undergoing acquisition by L1 Retail for £1.8 billion. Following on from this, LDC's two talented Data Insight Interns, James and Marianna, have used LDC data to review H&B’s estate to understand the position of the UK’s largest health food retailer.

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Bing 'Streetside' images now available within LDO maps

07 July 2017 by Ivana Mogin

With the latest version of Bing maps, we saw an opportunity to provide our users with a better experience on LDO, our location insight platform. LDO allows you to view what the retail landscape looks like, incorporating maps with our field researched data on vacancy rates, retail category mix and ratios of independent to multiple businesses for locations.

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How LDC data can shed light on One New Change's shopping centre strategy

06 July 2017 by Ronald Nyakairu

A key part of decision making is having accurate and timely data. This is even more important when managing a £540m mixed development scheme in the centre of London, which is one of the most diverse cities in the world. LDC data has been reviewed to understand the challenges, opportunities and strategies that can be applied to the management of One New Change Shopping Centre in central London.

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Analyse the feasibility of potential locations with our new footfall report

30 June 2017 by Sarah Phillips

As the coverage of our footfall technology grows, we are pleased to offer a new report which will allow occupiers looking to acquire a new site to view what the footfall counts are for that market and what trends are likely to impact the success of a potential store in that area.

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