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Whatever happened to the Portas Review?

A recent written question in the House of Lords elicited a response from the CLG Parliamentary Under-Secretary setting out how Government has implemented (or otherwise) the recommendations in the Portas Review since it reported in 2011. [Read more]

Rochdale regeneration plans approved

Plans  for a retail and leisure-led regeneration scheme in Rochdale town centre, in gestation for over 10 years, have finally been approved. The hope is that it will help the town to claw back trade from other centres and retail… [Read more]

Retail parks footfall declines

The latest BRC/Springboard footfall monitor showed a continuing year on year fall of 1% for February, with a particularly steeper than normal drop in retail parks. In contrast, High Streets showed a small rise, most likely due to their more… [Read more]

Top 50 Retailers updated

Retail Week has published its annual list of the top 50 retailers ranked by sales.  We’ve updated our list in the ‘Link’ section to match. Constituents of the 10 are unchanged but  Aldi moves up, overtaking Dixons Carphone, while Co-Operative… [Read more]

Footfall down but vacancies stable

The latest BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor data shows footfall down in January by 1.3% compared to January 2016; vacancies remain stable – at 9.4% the lowest rate for a year – but these lag footfall and sales trends. [Read more]

More out of town expansion

Following on from the recent announcement of expansion plans for Brent Cross, detailed plans have now been submitted for expansion at Meadowhall, and approval has been granted for an extension to Leicester’s Fosse Park. [Read more]