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Where are we seeing the growth in F&B in terms of location type? (Part 3 F&B Market Series)

16 November 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Closer analysis of the fastest growing fasciae within the F&B market shows shopping centres as a key growth area. For example, the top 30 fasciae have increased their presence in shopping centres by +170 units. Of these, the top 10 have the lion’s share with an increase of +109 units. High streets have seen little change and for retail parks there has been a marginal increase with the likes of Costa and Krispy Kreme opening more than 20 units each. The one standout growth fascia on the high street is Costa who have added another +26 units.

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Retail chain store closures fall to 14 stores a day- the lowest level since 2010, say PwC and The Local Data Company

13 November 2017 by Local Data Company
  • Lowest number of store closures since 2010
  • Tobacconists, beauticians and coffee shops thriving
  • Shoe shops, women’s clothing and charity shops declining

Despite the advance of online retail and a testing economy, the number of chain retail outlets closing on Great Britain’s high streets is at its lowest level for seven years, PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) reveals.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks strategy for Mary Portas towns on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4's You&Your program

08 November 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The BBC recently commissioned LDC to complete some research on the Government funded Portas Towns, a project designed to aid regeneration in 12 towns across Great Britain. The research revealed that although the vacancy rate has decreased in 10 of the 12 towns (increases in Market Rasen and Croydon), collectively they have lost almost 1,000 shops five years on. Samantha Fenwick from BBC Radio 4's You&Yours program visits towns included in the scheme Stockport and Market Rasen to review how the towns have changed over the last five years.

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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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What impact will the refurbishment of the Westgate have on Oxford city centre?

27 October 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, world-class education and a £440m refurbished shopping centre comprising of 800,000 sq ft of retail space called the Westgate Oxford.

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Who and where are the risers and fallers in the UK food and beverage market? (Part 2 F&B Market Series)

26 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Part 1 of this food and beverage snapshot showed the accelerated growth in F&B outlets across the UK in the last 12 months (from July 2016) with growth coming from both independent operators and chains (with more than five units nationally). Part 1 covered the macro trends and this next section will look at which operators have been growing and contracting, along with the location types where this change is occurring. 

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[Press Release] Explosive growth of Independent high street stores in first half of 2017 compared to first half of 2016

11 October 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Data released today by the Local Data Company (LDC) and the British Independent Retailers Association ( bira ) shows that traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, whilst the national chains (with more than five stores nationally) continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +762 shops (+0.27%) in H1 2017. This is a significant rise from the net increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. A net increase of +562 units in H1 2017 on the high streets was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2017, with this being a +181% increase from the +200 unit growth in H1 2016.

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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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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from the panellists at our 16th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

22 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 16th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

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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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