Out now: our 2022 GB retail and leisure market analysis
Date published: Date modified: 2023-03-14

Our latest Local Data Company retail and leisure trends report, covering the GB market over 2022, releases today.

Key findings include:

The gap between openings and closures narrows

Decreases in store closures continued through 2022, with the gap between openings and closures reaching its smallest since 2016.

Vacancy rates see their largest year-on-year decline since 2013

Vacancy rates continue to trend downward. Overall vacancy rate ended the year at 13.8%: the decline of 0.6% on 2021 represents the greatest year-on-year decrease in vacancy since records began in 2013.

Figure 1: Number of openings and closures across GB, 2013 to 2022 (Source: The Local Data Company)

Growth in independent retail and leisure slows significantly

In this first full year of trading following the end of the business rates relief scheme, GB independents saw a net increase of 262 units over 2022, a dramatic decline on the 2021 figure of 2,157. 

Click here to download your copy of our FY 2022 report.


  • Data on openings and closures across GB

  • GB vacancy rates by location type and region

  • Redevelopment activity with a focus on recent activity in the shopping centre sector

  • The early impacts of the cost-of-living crisis, including which retail categories have seen the biggest initial impact

  • The fastest-growing and declining retail and leisure subcategories of 2022

  • Insights and case studies from our partners, including Richmond and Wandsworth Council and Savills

  • The outlook for 2023 and beyond amid continuing economic impacts

  • And more

As part of our commitment to supporting the GB retail and leisure sector, we are providing this report entirely
free of charge. Click below to access your copy.

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