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    Frequenting fall-out


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham breaks down the data on eating out occasions to see what the real picture is when it comes to falling frequency.

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    AlixPartners: The bar remains open


    While it has certainly become more challenging to secure investment in parts of the restaurant market, the past 12 months has seen continued M&A and investment activity across the pub and bar space. The breadth of this activity highlights the current strength of this part of the sector, and this trend does not look like slowing anytime soon, argues AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith.

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    Peter Martin: Manchester has a new plan


    Taking inspiration from other parts of the world, as well as the UK, the city’s imaginative new blueprint for further developing its late-night economy could serve as a model for others, says MCA consulting editor Peter Martin.

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    Date night opportunity knocking?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses consumer eating out missions and deduces that there are opportunities for operators to do more when it comes to couples looking to spend money on a night out.

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    Arcade Food Theatre


    There are plenty of theatres in the West End of London, but there’s never been one quite like Arcade. Located on the ground floor of the Centre Point building, next to Tottenham Court Road Tube station, it’s a playhouse, of sorts, where the drama is designed to unfurl behind the counters of the Theatre’s seven open-plan kitchens.

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    Reflections on value for money


    Traditionally, the concept of value for money was relatively straightforward, involving the trade-off between price and quality, but it’s not what it used to be, says MCA market insight director Steve Gotham.

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    Dominic Walsh - Getting in on the act


    The proposed merger of Just Eat and is the latest in a string on large-scale M&A activity, which on the face of it has been promoted by the demands of activist shareholders. But the real picture may be less clear cut, argues Dominic Walsh.

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    The bigger picture on consumer spending


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham crunches the numbers on consumer spending to find out how it’s changed in real terms. Some of the findings more surprise you.

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    Bill’s of Baker Street


    As Bill’s moves forwards with its 2020 refresh programme, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham visits the newly-revamped Baker Street store to assess the changes, and looks what MCA’s customer insight data has to say about the performance of the brand.

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    Gaps and opportunities…


    MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham delves into data from the Office for National Statistics to gauge where opportunities lie for growth in each of the eating out market channels, across the regions.