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Our love of eating out seems to be growing - BBC You&Yours interview Matthew Hopkinson

06 November 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The food & beverage (F&B) market has continued to grow at an even faster pace than ever before and the number of eating establishments has particulary boomed in this last year.

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[Infographic] - Retail & Leisure Trends in H1 2017 "Turning Point"

14 September 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On September 14th 2017, we held our 16th Retail & Leisure Summit where we launched our NEW Footfall Heatmap and released data on the latest trends of 2017. 

The first six months of 2017 produced a remarkable turnaround in some of the key indicators of the health of the UK's retail locations. "Across the half year Retail and Leisure vacancy improved and more businesses opened on the high street than closed. In 2016 the net loss in numbers of units had been more than -1,600 but in H1 2017 it returned to growth." Introduction, 'Retail and Leisure Report: Turning Point (H1 2017)'

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Sharp slowdown in shop openings in second quarter of 2017

14 September 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘Turning Point’) published today shows that the second quarter of 2017 saw the number of shop openings reduce by 84% compared to Q2 2016.

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Matthew Hopkinson explains to the BBC why large retail spaces such as BHS are difficult to fill

30 August 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

More than half of the 160 BHS stores that closed after the retailer fell into administration a year ago are still sitting empty - revealed in research we released earlier this week.

Bringing to an end 90 years of trading for the famous British chain, research from LDC shows that 60% of the stores still remain empty with no plans for re-occupation.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours program

15 June 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on Wednesday's You & Yours program.

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Leeds and Sheffield, paving the way for cities in the North of England?

26 May 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Recent years have seen places across Yorkshire showing positive signs of recovery from the recession. However, the North, along with the rest of Great Britain, faces a period of economic uncertainty after Brexit. Nevertheless, the effects of the decision to leave the EU will begin to play out over the next few years and are likely to present a range of opportunities and challenges to Yorkshire as a whole.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the Tesco Booker deal on Radio 4's You & Yours

05 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about the Tesco Booker deal on today's You & Yours program.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the impact of the closure of department stores on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

With news breaking this week that M&S will be closing six department stores and that Debenhams is reviewing their store strategy, Matthew Hopkinson was welcomed onto BBC Radio 4's You and Yours program today to provide a 60 second overview on the effect of the closure of department stores on Britain's high streets.

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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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What did a panel of experts at LDC’s 15th Retail & Leisure Summit say about the trends for 2016? (Part 2)

30 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

As always at an LDC Summit there was a panel of experts to discuss what the data means in real terms for people running, owning or advising businesses within the Retail and Leisure sectors. This year we were joined by:

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