London: the world’s ultimate retail destination

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I love living and working in London and truly believe that it is the world’s ultimate retail destination. In fact, London’s attractiveness to the world’s top international retailers has been well documented in Destination Europe 2015. It is therefore, no surprise that the ICSC has chosen London to host it’s 40th European Conference here this […]

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Ecommerce Growth: Implications for Real Estate

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Extract from JLL’s Redefining Retail Places In James Brown’s recent article, ‘From zero to 3 billion – global ecommerce goes mainstream’, he discusses how Internet retailing has advanced at a global level over the last 20 years, and how the growth of ecommerce is reshaping the Global Retail landscape. As at a global level, across […]

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‘Beyond Retail’: London Luxury Quarter outperforms

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Luxury retailing has weathered the recession particularly well; and luxury retailing within Central London’s real estate doubly so. At the forefront of this outperformance is The London Luxury Quarter, which is a magnet for international luxury brands, with more than two thirds of the world’s Top 100 Luxury Brands located within the 57 streets and […]

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Investor confidence in the future of retail places

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The sale of a 30% stake in Bluewater Shopping Centre in the UK to Land Securities, is a bellwether of investor confidence in the future of the physical space, in an increasingly virtual world. Please read more here Connect with me on LinkedIn Follow JLL Europe Retail on Twitter   

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Luxury, innovation and collaboration: the keys to the success of the London Luxury Quarter

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This week we launched our new report, ‘Hospitality and Service: Driving business investments through a thriving luxury destination’, which focuses on the importance of the ‘beyond retail’ offering in The London Luxury Quarter. The launch took place in the grand surroundings of the Ritz, the symbol of British grandeur. Walking into the foyer I was […]

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The Unstoppable Rise of the West End

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It is very easy to be glib about the healthy state of the West End retail market; ‘it’s booming’, ‘just walk down Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon’. But where is the evidence? It can be found in JLL UK Retail’s report ‘London’s West End: Review and Outlook’. The report explores in detail the current […]

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Asset Managers – They have the power!!

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The Asset Manager must lead and Redefine Retail Places: Structural Retail change means the asset manager must innovate and enhance the future value of retail property. The retail real estate asset manager is in the power seat and has major levers of change for the retail property under their command and control: generating new income […]

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Redefining Retail Places: European economic recovery paves the way for opportunities in Retail

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Economic history indicates that an upturn follows every downturn; therefore it should not come as a surprise that the outlook for European retail is brightening. Consumer confidence is increasing due to sustained economic growth, job creation, lower inflation and the prospect of real wage growth. Of course headwinds remain and opportunities and risks are everywhere, […]

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E-commerce vs physical retail, or the best of both worlds?

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On a constant basis, I am asked about the growth of e-commerce and what the future holds for commercial property in an increasingly virtual world. The answer is that I don’t know what the future looks like, but having explored the impact of e-commerce on the UK’s retail market and the increasing evidence of the […]

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