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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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Perfecting the fashion pop-up means embracing big ideas: How a playful approach to temporary spaces can drive business growth

24 October 2018 by Alice Ratcliffe, Appear Here

In a world where more and more people are looking to spend their money on experiences over products, physical retail has become an important way for brands to build emotional connections with their fans. Particularly through pop-ups, which give brands the flexibility to be more specific in where, when and how they attract an audience and therefore become a far more effective way to grow the business over bombarding the masses with generic campaigns.

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An introduction to the speakers at LDC's 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 October 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit will take place on 8th November and is kindly hosted by BCLP LLP at their offices at London Bridge. This summit, the theme is 'Driving retail intelligence with big data' and we have some excellent speakers confirmed joining us to and speak on this topic. 

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Sitting pretty – the rise of beauty retailing in the UK

17 October 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

With the rise of social media and an increasing focus on one’s health and wellbeing, the beauty industry in the UK has recently taken centre stage in consumers’ minds. The beauty industry in the UK is currently worth £2.8 billion (Source: The Guardian) and is predicted to rise steeply to £27 billion by 2020 (Source: The Times). We wanted to understand what this lucrative market looks like today in order to identify the opportunities which will facilitate the increased value of this market.

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