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[Press Release] Improvement in vacancy rates on pause in third quarter

13 October 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain – improvement flattens

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in September from 12.3% in August. Annually this is down -0.5% from the same period last year (September 2015).

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[Press Release] Pre-Brexit uncertainty sees a -46% drop in retail and leisure property activity levels in July 2016 compared to July 2015

12 August 2016 by Local Data Company

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in July from 12.3% in June. Annually this is down -0.6% from the same period last year (July 2015). This change was driven by fall in the number of new units in July of -3.5% and a 44% drop in the number of vacant units getting new occupiers.

Overall activity levels were down -46% in July 2016 compared to 12 months ago (July 2015). This is due to stakeholders in the property sector delaying major property decisions, such as new store openings, developments and conversions, in the lead up to the referendum in June. These impacts are now being evidenced in the LDC data.

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Mamas & Papas; proudly welcome their latest addition to the family [Portfolio Snapshot]

11 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

With consumer behavior changing all the time, more and more retailers are experimenting with pop up or concept stores in an attempt to bridge the gap between online and offline. Whilst this isn't particularly a new play in retail, it can provide a great opportunity to expand a brand’s reach or access a new market or location.

Which brings us to one of the latest concept stores, Mamas & Papas, who recently launched a smaller footprint store named One Four Four on Clapham’s Northcote Road in London. The store is part showroom, part community space offering a limited range of leading products (their full range is available to shop digitally in-store) alongside an emphasis on wellness, experiences and gifting.

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[Press Release] Britain’s shop vacancy drops to its lowest level since December 2009 (April 2016)

17 May 2016 by Mark Colgan

The picture across Great Britain

Britain’s shop vacancy dropped to 12.4% in April, the lowest since December 2009. This is down -0.6% from the same time last year (April 2015). This change was driven by a decrease in the number of units becoming vacant (down 16% from April 2015) along with an above average number of units being removed from the overall stock (+76%, when compared to April 2015).

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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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The panel members for our H2 2015 Retail Market Trends Summit

21 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

We will be hosting our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London on Wednesday 30th March. With over 100 people signed up already, spaces will soon be limited. Please click here to find out more about the event and to register your place.

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Retailer net closure rate drops by 50% in 2015, from 987 to 498

14 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

Our latest analysis, in partnership with PWC, looks at the openings and closures of multiple retailers across Great Britain.

Here are the top-level findings:

  • 2015 overall closures at lowest levels since 2010
  • Lowest churn rate of openings and closures since 2010
  • Coffee shops, jewellers and take away food shops thriving
  • Cheque cashing, banks, women’s clothing feeling the pinch
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Britain’s shops start to fill again but the number of long term voids increases to 1 in 20 shops

11 March 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last week we held our 13th Retail Health Summit at the London offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner and published its latest report on Great Britain’s vacancy rates from the second half of 2015. The report titled ‘Restructure and Recovery’ analyses 2,179 towns, shopping centres and retail parks that LDC visited in the second half of the year. It provides the most comprehensive insight into the health of the country’s shopping destinations and how they are changing.

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[Video] 13th Retail Health Summit Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

07 March 2016 by Local Data Company

On 4th March, we hosted our 13th Retail Health Summit at BLP's offices in London.

Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis from over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks across Great Britain in H2 2015 to over 100 delegates.

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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The panel members for our 13th Retail Health Summit

25 February 2016 by Mark Colgan

We will be hosting our 13th Retail Health Summit at BLP's offices in London on Friday 4th March 2016. With over 150 people signed up already, spaces will soon be limited. Please click here to find out more about the event and to register your place.

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