Dr Clive Black

Dr Clive Black

Clive Black is head of research at Shore Capital Markets

  • West Kirby
    Insight

    Suburban life is sweet

    2020-08-27T00:00:00

    In mid-August, the streets of suburban West Kirby in Merseyside were busier than the usually thronged arteries of central London.

  • Online shopping
    Insight

    Digital must pay its way

    2020-06-25T00:00:00

    Shopkeepers in Britain have been brutalised by circumstance. The last 18 months have seen the feckless Theresa May government, the Brexit saga, the December 2019 general election and then, to top everything off, Covid-19.

  • Coronavirus supermarket
    Insight

    The supermarkets’ finest hour

    2020-04-03T00:00:00

    The new decade started with worrying tensions between Iran and the US, which forced crude oil prices to spike to more than $70 a barrel.

  • Shop sale signs
    Insight

    We must act now to save retail

    2020-01-31T00:00:00

    The plight of the shopping centre in the UK is worrying… very worrying. Today, many if not all of our existing shopping centres simply would not be built. There is turmoil in this silo of the real estate market as net asset values, which equity capital markets have not believed ...

  • Regent Street
    Insight

    Politicians crush confidence

    2019-03-29T00:00:00

    The stoicism of the British shopper has been reaffirmed since the EU referendum. Putting rabid remainers and leavers to one side – people who frankly deserve each other (Jacob Rees-Mogg and Anna Soubry should help the nation by eloping and going somewhere else) – despite the wearing political chaos, folks ...

  • Oxford Street
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    Politicians dash high-street hopes

    2019-01-18T00:00:00

    These are interesting times for the British consumer. Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe stated that the British were behaving as if they were in the midst of a recession. Yet consumers are living in a period with economic conditions most chancellors of the exchequer would die for.

  • Empty car park
    Insight

    Talking shops: Retail revolution looks set to break boring and standardised UK chains

    2018-04-19T23:00:00

    Retail real estate could be on the precipice of an enormous structural change.

  • Clive Black
    Insight

    One nil to grocers – but well-run retailers will always thrive

    2018-01-19T00:00:00

    Talking shops: The second Thursday in January is a tsunami of retail reporting that makes it near impossible to see the wood for the trees.

  • Tesco
    Insight

    Talk of ‘death’ of the physical store is a little premature

    2017-11-03T00:00:00

    Most shopkeepers have been grappling with the trials, tribulations, opportunities and glories that the internet has brought to retailing for a couple of decades now.

  • Whole Foods Market
    Insight

    Amazon is less slayer and more saviour of food retail property

    2017-07-21T00:00:00

    When Amazon announced its intention to acquire top-end American grocery chain Whole Food Markets (WFM) for just $14bn (£10.7bn) last month, the facial expressions of a lot of real estate magnates with a presence in the retail space would have been interesting to see.

  • High street
    Insight

    2017 predictions: talk of the death of the high street is overcooked

    2017-01-19T05:00:00

    Structural change is firmly established in British retailing. We have one of the most advanced ecommerce capabilities for retailing in the world.