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Co-op at the centre of the community - [Portfolio Snapshot]

10 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

This week, the opening of the latest Co-op food store in Vimto Gardens, Salford in Manchester was announced in the news.

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Infographic - In the balance: H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

21 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Our latest report titled In the balance, looks at the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

The report begins by looking at the current UK Economy, especially in light of the Brexit decision in June. It then focuses on the Health of the Retail industry across Great Britain in terms of vacancy rates by retail offer, location type and geography, as well as persistent vacancy levels.

In the second half of the report, we look at the latest openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the latest convenience stores analysis from 2011 to 2015 on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours Show

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to You & Yours about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why so many places have seen the number of convenience stores decline in 2015 
  • Morrisons' exiting the convenience store market
  • Whether convenience stores are going to continue to grow in 2016 and 2017
  • How competition from the likes of Aldi and Lidl may effect the 'Big 4' supermarkets' convenience stores
  • The impact of online food orders such as Amazon
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Matthew Hopkinson on Radio 5 Live talking about the saturation of convenience stores across GB

17 June 2016 by Mark Colgan

Matthew Hopkinson talks to Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money show about the latest figures from LDC's analysis of the convenience stores format across GB.

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss the following:

  • Why we may be at a saturation point with convenience stores across Great Britain
  • The closure of 132 M Locals
  • How the consumer behaviour of eating out or ordering in becomes a challenge to supermarkets and convenience
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Infographic - Convenience Stores Report June (2011 - 2015)

17 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by LDC looks at the growth of the Convenience Stores over the last five years (2011 - 2015).

This report looks at the fastest growing convenience stores assessing the fastest growing retailers' convenience store formats and which towns are seeing the most new stores.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC comments: "Whilst supermarkets continued to grow their larger store formats over the last five years it has been their convenience store formats that have been growing at twice the rate of these formats." 

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the growth of supermarkets and discounters from 2010 to 2015 on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours Show

09 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

You have probably noticed on your local high street, the number of discount stores that has been rising steadily over the last 5 years. Big names on the high street are stuggling to compete. Are discounters taking over the 'Big 4' supermarkets? 

Listen to Matthew Hopkinson discuss, the growth in competition the main stream supermarkets have seen over the last 5 years and thus loss of market share as the discounters have opened up around them, on BBC You&Yours Radio 4:

  • How fast is the growth of discounters compared to the growth of supermarkets.
  • How the increase in store density ('people to store' ratio) affects supermarkets and discounters.
  • How challenging it is for new entrants in this incredibly tight market to succeed.
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Infographic - Supermarkets vs. Discounters Report (2010 - 2015)

08 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

A new report published today, looks at the growth of the supermarkets and the discounters from 2010 - 2015.

The report analyses growth by fascia and by town and identifies how and where the main stream supermarkets have seen growth in competition and thus loss of market share as the discounters have opened up around them.

Whilst the number of supermarkets grew by 33% in the last five years, the discounters have grown significantly faster at 52%.

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Competition in the grocery market continues to intensify as Iceland looks to roll out new concept stores

11 April 2016 by Mark Colgan

Iceland recently announced plans to open 25 Food Warehouse concept stores a year, in an attempt to take on rival discounters Aldi and Lidl. Currently there are 12 Food Warehouse locations across Great Britain:

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Infographic - Sainsbury's Bid for Home Retail Group

13 January 2016 by Mark Colgan


In light of Sainsbury's publishing a 22 page presentation which outlines their plans should they acquire Home Retail Group, we performed some analysis on the store numbers.

Using LocalDataIOnline, our Retail Location tool, we are able to see how many Argos stores have a Sainsbury's supermarket within a 200m radius and also which regions are likely to be most affected if an acquisition went ahead.

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How did our ‘shopping’ places change in 2015 and what can we expect to see in 2016?

04 January 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

On New Year’s eve 2015 it is a good time to briefly reflect on what happened in 2015 and what these trends might point towards in 2016.

I believe that 2015 has been a positive year in many ways for many high streets, shopping centres and retail parks but sadly not for all. I would, however, say that for the majority they have seen the changes that one has hoped for and many have talked about.

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