This page provides a listing of, and links to, some of the media commentary produced by Leigh Sparks on various retail related topics.
Changing way we spend our money brings challenges for the high street, Edinburgh Evening news, 27th December
Troubled high street places faith in Boxing Day boost, Scotsman, 26th December
Special Report: Remembering Woolies, BBC Radio Scotland Good Morning Scotland, 23rd December
Stores see sales surge on Super Saturday but is it enough to save their Christmas? Sunday Post, 23rd December
Plastic bag tax sees decline in donations to charities, Scotsman, 20th December
The changing face of the high street, Sunday Post, 17th December
Storm Deirdre wreaks havoc across the country, Scotsman, Daily Record and Sunday Mail – comments on shopping and the weather by Leigh Sparks, 16th December.
£11.97: the real cost of the National Living Wage, Scottish Local Retailer, 30th November – report on recent study by Leigh Sparks and Maria Rybaczewska
Ocean terminal gets facelift – Edinburgh Evening News, 16th November
Scottish store fears as Debenhams wields the axe – Scotsman, 26th October
Debenhams to cut 50 stores – interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Cumbria, 26th October
Debenhams to cut 50 stores – interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, 25th October
Sports Direct buy House of Fraser Glasgow – interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive, 12th October
Tesco unveils budget chain to challenge Alsi and Lidl, Scotsman, 20th September
Homebase closures – interview with Leigh Sparks, STV News, 14th August
£90m House of Fraser sale fails to calm staff fears – comment by Leigh Sparks, Scotsman, 11th August.
Mike Ashley’s House of Fraser bailout could help reinvent Jenners – comment by Leigh Sparks, Edinburgh Evening News, 11th August
Ashley scoops House of Fraser – comment by Leigh Sparks, The Times, 11th August.
The Last Days of Poundworld by Simon Usborne – includes comments by Leigh Sparks, The Guardian, 7th August.
Crunch point for Scots retail sector over empty stores – comments by Leigh Sparks, The National, 19th July.
Retail and Obesity – column by Leigh Sparks, Scottish Grocer and Convenience Retailer, 1st July
More woes for the high street as Debenhams issues profit warning – comments by Leigh Sparks on the Debenhams profit warning, Herald, 20th June
Shopping hack saves you hundreds of pounds on Littlewoods and Boohoo – comments from Leigh Sparks on online retailing and eBay, Mail Online, 19th June.
500 Scottish jobs under threat as Poundworld calls in administrators – comments by Leigh Sparks, Scotsman, 12th June
Shift focus from retail to ensure success – commentary piece in Scotland’s Towns Partnership Towns Supplement in The Herald, 3rd June.
Bru better watch out as bottles go pop- comments by Leigh Sparks on the recall of Irn-Bru, Sunday Post, 27th May, p6
M&S Stores Axe is long overdue – comments b y Steve Burt on the announcement of more M&S closures including Falkirk and East Kilbride, Daily Record, 24 May, p15, Also on BBC Radio Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, 23rd May.
Departing stores, fears for high street institutions as shoppers turn to smaller, cheaper and online rivals – comments by Leigh Sparks, Sunday Post, 14th May
Shop closures “set to double” – comments by Leigh Sparks, The Times, 8th May
House of Fraser to close stores – discussion on Radio Scotland Good Morning Scotland with Leigh Sparks, 3rd May.
Interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Scotland Bryan Burnett Show on the merger between Asda and Sainsbury’s, 30th April
Interview with Leigh Sparks on STV News on vacant shops and high streets, 11th April
High street in crisis as five shops go to the wall every week, comments by Leigh Sparks on Local Data Company and PwC report, Herald, 11th April
Insight: is in-store shopping past its sell by date in Scotland? Insight piece by @janekbradley including comments from Leigh Sparks, Scotland on Sunday, 8th April
Just in time – interview with Leigh Sparks on Good Morning Scotland, 10th March following the “Beast from the East” and the impact on retail supply chains.
Independent retailers and town centres – interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Cumbria, breakfast programme, 13th February
What locational factors drive independent businesses to prosper? Comments by Leigh Sparks, Speciality Food Magazine, 2nd February – pdf here.
Vacancy rates in Scottish town centres rise but independent retailers cling on – comments on the LDC/University of Stirling Scottish Retail Report (November 2017), Scotsman , 25th January.
Amazon Go is a fist aimed at the convenience store industry – comments by Leigh Sparks, Axios, January 24th
Till-less shops will not replace traditional supermarkets any time soon – comments from Leigh Sparks, The Herald, 24th January
Changing retail landscape, retail job cuts and Amazon Go – interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, 24th January
Shop vacancy rates in Scottish town centres rises, comments from report by Leigh Sparks and Lorraine Ferguson (with the Local Data Company), Scotsman, 19th January.
Online sales drive next festive cheer – comment by Leigh Sparks on next Christmas sales, Scotsman, 3rd January
Argos Catalogues and buying habits, interview with Leigh Sparks on BBC Radio Scotland, Kaye Adams programme, 3rd January
Professor’s collection catalogues changes in buying habits, Scotsman and the i, 3rd January – pieces on the Argos collection. Also Leader Comment in the Scotsman – Argos catalogues make a fascinating historical archive.