Latest analysis on the retail and leisure market over H1 2019 is out now!

September 27, 2019

Today we released a new report which covers retail and leisure market trends across both the independent and multiple market for H1 2019.

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  • Vacancy rates across regions, location types and the GB average
  • Openings and closures trends across independent and multiple businesses and retail categories
  • Top 10 growing and declining retail categories
  • Early stage growth categories (categories with under 100 units which have been growing quickly)
  • Persistent vacancy trends 
  • The impact of CVAs and administrations on the market
  • A review of the increasing redevelopment of retail stock across the market
  • Guest consumer insights from market research agency, Mintel
  • Guest content from KPMG


  • The Vacancy Rate for GB continued to rise to the highest level since the end of 2014, reaching 11.8%. This equated to a +0.6% rise year-on-year; up from the +0.2% year-on-year rise reported in H1 2018.
  • Activity levels (openings and closures combined) were up year-on-year. The number of openings rose the most at 12% in H1 2019 compared to H1 2018, rising from 19,803 to 22,115 in the 12-month period.
  • The total net change in retail and leisure units was -3,647 in H1 2019, an improvement on the -4,402 in H1 2018 at the height of the impact seen in this period by CVAs and administrations.
  • Independents performed better than Multiples in H1 2019 across all classifications. Independent Leisure and Service Retail categories especially saw growth with figures of +0.23% and +0.69% respectively.
  • All of the top 10 early stage growth categories for H1 are dominated by Leisure. Vegan restaurants continue to top the list, as they did in 2018 with a growth rate of 28.6% in H1.
  • Numbers of Fashion stores continue to fall with the three categories in the top 10 declining categories in H1 2019 (Fashion shops, Men’s Clothing and Women’s clothing) seeing a combined -285 net decline, higher than the Pubs and Estate Agents categories.
  • The Health & Beauty sector continues to thrive, with six of the top 10 growth areas occupied by these categories within the sector (Health Clubs, Alternative & Complementary Medicines, Barbers, Beauty Salons, Nail Salons and Hair & Beauty Salons)
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