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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from our expert Retail & Leisure Summit Panel

29 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 15th 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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What were 2016’s key retail and leisure trends? (Part 1)

24 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On Tuesday 21st March, LDC held its 15th Retail and Leisure Summit where I presented what the trends of 2016 were, alongside looking back to 2012, which was when the peak in vacancy rates and closures occurred. A quick summary of those trends is below and more detail can be found in the FULL report if you are an LDC client or in the SUMMARY which can be downloaded for free HERE.

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Infographic - Full Year 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

22 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On 21st March 2017, we held our 15th Retail & Leisure Summit. It was a very successful event with the largest turnout ever of 150 attendees. We couldn't have done it without our amazing panel, and a curious audience - so thank you again for joining us.

We also released our full year 2016 report on Great Britiain's retail and leisure trends. The report shows how in the run up to the referendum, the number of shops opening decreased and numbers of shops sank (especially for town centres) across GB. However, recovery came in the second half of the year and over-all vacancy continues its gentle decline. An analysis of business rates is also included in the report, detailing worst affected areas, which could feel the impact of this for years to come and much, much more.

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2016

25 January 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research Data and Methods (WISERD) and LDC looks at the general health and emerging trends in retail across Welsh towns and cities in 2016. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

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Retail vacancy and structural change in Scotland’s towns and cities

19 December 2016 by Professor Leigh Sparks

For the last four years, mid December has seen the release of the latest edition of the LDC/University of Stirling Retail report on the situation of retailing in the major towns and cities across Scotland. Last Tuesday saw the fourth edition formally launched at a breakfast event at KPMG in Edinburgh, with coverage across various media – though with various slants, ranging from wanting to see the news as positive to wanting to turn it into the negative.

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Will Scotland’s high streets and shopping centres ever see a return to the golden pre-recession retail age?

15 December 2016 by Jane Bradley

In a year full of political and economic uncertainty for all businesses - not least retailers - it was somewhat reassuring to see Scotland’s shop vacancy rate continuing to move in the right direction.

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In a year of red hot economic change one statistic has frozen

15 December 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate remained stuck at 12.3% in November. The number of vacant shops has now varied by no more than one in a thousand, net, for the past nine months, new figures from LDC show.

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Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson discuss Scotland's 2016 retail position on BBC Radio Scotland

14 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On December 13, LDC with the University of Stirling held its 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit. During the event, the latest findings on the retail health and emerging trends across Scotland were presented.

John Beattie from BBC Radio Scotland interviewed Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson after the event, to understand the retail and leisure mix across Scottish cities and towns. The following points were discussed:

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Truth in numbers

13 December 2016 by Michael Weedon

People like to understand the world through stories and they like facts in their stories, but they don’t really like numbers in their tales. This doesn’t always help us understand the real world; high streets are dying because retail is all online, independents are doomed and Hillary Clinton has the lead in all the polls on Donald Trump…

So what is actually happening on the high street?

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Infographic - Retailing in Scotland's Towns & Cities 2016

13 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Institute for Retail Studies - University of Stirling and LDC looks at the latest retail health and trends across Scotland's towns and cities. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

One of the main takeaways is the shift from retail to leisure that Scottish cities and towns are experiencing.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, comments: "O
verall, the data shows that Scotland is making good progress in responding to the challenges of modern place management and this can only be done, as Professor Leigh Sparks makes clear in the report, through good data and sound analysis on an ongoing basis."

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