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It’s a plant-based life, for us – a review of the vegan food market in the UK

16 January 2019 by Louis Farquharson

After a month of indulgence, the beginning of a new year gives us a chance to start a fresh. January is the month where we all look to make (and break within a couple of weeks) new year resolutions. Dry January is a challenge that is widely accepted in an effort to get fit or to simply make up for all that happened in December. Something that is rapidly increasing in popularity is Veganuary, a challenge which simply involves eating vegan throughout January. 

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Technology in the leisure sector - is it too little too late?

09 January 2019 by James Anderson

Wherever you look, whether it is your weekly online shop, your digital wallet on your phone or your Smart TV, it is clear to see that technology is making its way into every aspect of modern life 

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An exciting announcement from LDC

17 December 2018 by Sarah Phillips

2018 has been a transformational year for the Local Data Company. As the retail and leisure market continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, the relevance and strategic importance of our real-time data and insight has been more evident than ever.

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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Market Update H1 2018

12 December 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Last month, we released a report looking at key trends across the retail and leisure landscape for the first six months of this year. For those that didn't have time to read the full report, we have produced an infographic of the key details you need to know from the report. The complete report can be downloaded free of charge here

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Black friday footfall analysis

28 November 2018 by James Anderson

Love it or hate it, Black Friday is one of the major retail events of the year with some retailers offering huge discounts across products in a bid to attract shoppers to their stores. Insight Analyst James Anderson reviews the data from our network of SmartStreetSensor footfall devices to understand the footfall trends for this year compared to 2017.

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No frills fitness - a strong and healthy market

28 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Just one of the trends we have been tracking over this year at LDC is the increasing focus on all things health and wellbeing, which continues to have a profound impact on the market. For example, in May this year, the ONS released 2017 data on alcohol consumption in the UK which indicated a rise in the number of people that claimed to be teetotal in 16-24, 25-44 and 45-64 age groups. (Source: ONS, May 2018). In line with these figures, we recently released data revealing a significant decrease in the number of pubs, a trend most likely to be linked to the changes in drinking behaviour outlined by the ONS.

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Fashion retail is set to change customer experiences now

21 November 2018 by Richard Hammond, Uncrowd

Nike’s rethinking of its entire distribution strategy has created some of the most interesting and thoughtful retail ideas of the moment. Nike by Melrose is the physical embodiment of the company’s 2017 edict to their wholesale channel that they would in future directly support only those retail partners that offer a differentiated experience. This will lead, they anticipate, to a reduction from 30,000 supported retail partners to just 40 worldwide.

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AI in retail, flexitarianism and simplicity driving efficiencies – a roundup of LDC’s 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

14 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Last week saw our 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit, held at the beautiful BCLP LLP offices at London Bridge. We had some fantastic speakers who joined us to discuss the theme of ‘Driving Retail Intelligence with Big Data’. For those that missed the event, here is a short round-up of the day:

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LDC's latest report on retail and leisure activity over H1 2018 is out now!

09 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's latest bi-annual report is out today and provides an update on the impact of market activity across the first six months of this year.

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Recycling in style: A look at the charity shop market in the UK

31 October 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

Over the past few years, the growing number of charity shops has been one of the many topics of debate across the country. The social benefits of these stores can’t be denied, offering those in need a source of low-cost clothing, homewares and support during tough economic times. Aside from the benefits to customers, charity shops also raise money, awareness and exposure of social issues for a broad range of causes. Volunteer staff also benefit from working in these stores, being a first job for many or a way to build confidence and learn new skills. However the business rate relief they enjoy means that they can occupy valuable units at a fraction other retailers would be required to pay. 

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