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The Reinvention of the High Street

The High Street with shops and residential We will certainly be seeing it in Canterbury High Street, along with a lot of other towns, where the Debenhams store, with a partial frontage onto the prime High Street, is now being turned into student flats. It was after all, how the High Street used to look back in the 50s, before Continue Reading...

Retail News Summer 2018

King Street Covent Garden August 2018 Offline Retailing and the High Street We have seen this retail internet phenomenon grow since only 2000, when internet sales hardly existed. John Lewis have invested, it is said, some £0.5Billion on the internet, whereas the failed House of Fraser spent less than about £30 Million. Argos (now owned by Sainsburys/Asda) were one of Continue Reading...

Retail News Summer 2016

The volume of retail sales in June 2016 is estimated to have increased by 4.3% compared with June 2015. The underlying pattern in the quantity bought, as suggested by the 3 month on 3-month movement, increased by 1.6%. The amount spent in the retail industry decreased by 0.9% compared with May 2016, and increased by 1.5% compared with June 2015. Continue Reading...

Retail News Summer 2015

The UK economy The United Kingdom remains the world’s sixth largest economy. Services are the biggest sector of the economy accounting for more than 75 percent of total GDP. GDP expanded 0.70 percent in the second quarter of 2015 over the previous quarter. Prices faced by households are unchanged over the year to June 2015 compared with a 0.1% rise Continue Reading...

Retail News Winter 2014/5

Regent Street, London The UK economy is 2.7% larger than ever before and is growing at its fastest rate for four years. (ONS) Average UK prime retail rents in the summer climbed 1.9% in the previous 12 months mainly driven by London rent rises 11.6% up and 20% above 2008 levels. Some locations have shown extraordinary growth of 400% as Continue Reading...

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