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Waitrose to increase its vegan product range, Westfield introduces plans for a new Japanese food hall and shoppers celebrate the royal wedding in style

13 June 2018 by LDC's Research Team

May was an incredibly busy month for everyone. For LDC as we ramped up for our 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit, for Harry and Megan who were busy planning a wedding, and for the retail and leisure market as a whole, who both enjoyed the fruits of an early summer and also mourned over the loss of some high street favourites.

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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Trends 2017/18 - The evolution of our retail landscape

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

"It has been widely acknowledged that UK retail is going through a turbulent period, with consumer fundamentals such as consumer confidence decreasing and disposable income stable but slower than inflation in 2017. The labour market remained robust with 32.21 million people in work by the end of 2017. The talk in political circles about the ‘squeezed middle’ is filtering through into the retail and leisure sector with various CVAs and administrations announced in the first few months of 2018." Retail and Leisure Trends Report 2017/18: The evolution of our retail landscape, June 2018, Report by LDC.

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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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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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Sainsbury’s and Asda – under the bonnet of a potential merger

02 May 2018 by Ronald Nyakairu

This week came the bold announcement of the potential merger between two of the Big 4 supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Asda. On Monday, Sainsbury’s and Asda stepped up to the podium and gave their rationale behind the deal with a presentation to the market, media interviews and the odd sing song (42nd Street is a great show to be fair).

Using LDC’s online location analysis tool (LDO) alongside market share data, we have looked at the potential fall out of the merger to understand what the CMA may have in store for Sainsbury’s and Asda when investigations begin.

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Chris Fowler speaks about how places can reduce the impact of retail closures on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program

09 February 2018 by Sarah Phillips

With announcements made this week about further closures for M&S, Chris Fowler was invited on to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program to talk about what towns can do to mitigate some of the impact.

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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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American Apparel return online, Lidl overtakes Waitrose in market share and more closures announced for Barclays bank

22 September 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Last month we experienced a truly British summer with rain, grey clouds and the Great British people carrying on despite it all, with many reporting Retail sales were on the up. Once again, the hardworking LDC desk research team have collated their highlights from the past few weeks and below are the headlines we think you need to know about.

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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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