Orange tops annual retail growth

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Mobile phone retailers recorded a 12.5 per cent growth in their presence on the high street in the year to April 2010, according to statistics collected by the Local Data Company (LDC).

Independent and multiple dealers both recorded double digit growth in the number of stores open on the high street in the year to the end of April 2010, with independent numbers up 10.8 per cent and multiples growing by 12.9 per cent in spite of economic recession.

Orange was the most aggressive retailer in terms of growth, adding 111 stores to its retail estate; growth of nearly 40 per cent. Vodafone added 40 stores, to its high street presence. Carphone Warehouse remained the biggest presence on the high street, with 812 stores logged in LDC’s database.

On a regional basis, Greater London and the South East remained the biggest markets by some margin for both the independents and the multiples. The presence of independent traders in Greater London outweighed those in the South East, but multiples were more populous in the South East than Greater London.

LDC also mapped 10 key data centres from across the UK, including Central London, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bristol, finding that independents held more than a fifth of the market across the country in the year to April 2010, with 27.9 per cent of the market in Leeds but just 4.3 per cent in Newcastle.

Full report in Mobile News issue 466 (June 21, 2010).

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