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Go West: Expert views on Retail and Leisure in Wales

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Just a four and a half hour drive West from London will take you right into the heart of Wales, a country known for it's distinctive accent and own (quite tricky) language, rugged coastlines and beautiful sweeping countryside. In terms of locations, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport are the main cities in Wales which are likely to attract the country's consumers. Aside from Wales' similarities to English Retail (the rise of independent retailers and leisure occupiers), their retail landscape does look different. In  H1 of 2016, Wales had the highest vacancy rate in town centres of England, Scotland and Wales, but the lowest shopping centre vacancy rate. They continue to struggle with persistent vacancy levels (units vacant for more than one year), however, overall, the decrease of vacancy was the fastest of all three countries. 

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Growth of independent businesses hits a 12 month high

13 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The April edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for March, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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An overview of the Oaktree portfolio up for sale

31 March 2017 by Nelia Vateva

With the news that the Oaktree portfolio is up for sale, I decided to use LDC's online insight tool LDO to analyse these shopping centres. The portfolio is formed of three schemes with a total value of £120m; The Rushes in Loughborough, Vancouver Quarter in Kings Lynn and Kingsgate in Dunfermline.

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Combined Retail and Leisure vacancy rate falls to the lowest level in almost a decade

31 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The March edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for February, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and now market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Video Summary: LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit

24 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

2016 was quite a year. With Trump, Brexit and everything in between, there was plenty to talk about. This was also true within the Retail and Leisure market, with plenty of things hitting the headlines. Things that got us talking last year were; the closure of BHS stores, the continued growth of the Leisure market, the come-back for independent businesses and of course, the ‘other B word’ – business rates.

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Who will stop Jones Bootmaker from walking away from our high streets?

17 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that one of the high street’s old timers - Jones Bootmaker is looking for a buyer as it struggles to deal with difficult trading conditions and increases in business rates.

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Are you ready for LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit?

10 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit is less than two weeks away and it's shaping up to be our most popular summit to date.

If you already have questions that you would like answered during the panel Q&A session, please send them to us by completing the form at the bottom of this post.

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Analysis: Furniture, Bedroom, Textiles, Carpet and Kitchen stores across GB

02 March 2017 by Ronald Nyakairu

LDC have researched the historical trends in the British bulky goods sector (stores which sell home furniture, baths, kitchens, beds, tiles and carpets), focusing on the growth or decline of the traditional retail park occupiers. This analysis looked at the five year trends (2012 to 2017) across the Furniture, Kitchens, Carpets and Textiles sectors. These categories are all facing intense pressure from growing online sales so we decided to look closer at their performance.

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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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