This text offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of the economic geography of the UK for two decades. With contributions by many of the leading academics in the field, it offers a powerful case for exploring the UK economy from a geographical perspective.

Key Features:

  • Investigates a single aspect of the UK economy within each chapter
  • Covers topics including: the uneven development of the UK, the city and finance, government spending, pensions, housing, manufacturing, business services, agriculture, retailing, energy, immigration, and labor market change
  • Demonstrates how the UK economy's fortunes are increasingly shaped by its links to the wider European and global economies

Written for students studying the economic development of the UK, the text offers a vibrant, easy-to-understand analysis of the current and future challenges that face the contemporary UK economy.

The Shifting Geographies of UK Retailing

The Shifting Geographies of UK Retailing

The shifting geographies of UK retailing


  • To chart the changing geographies of UK retailing
  • To explore how these geographies are shaped in the context of market dominance, tightened regulation and globalisation
  • To encourage geographers to examine critically the frequently one-dimensional popular accounts of the transformation of the industry and its consequences

After more than three decades of ‘retail revolution’ — characterised by progressive consolidation, increasing retail power relative to manufacturers and in the wider economy, and landscapes of consumption transformed by the rise and competitive struggles of major retail corporations (Wrigley and Lowe, 2002) — the UK entered the twenty-first century with several new forces shaping its retail geographies. This chapter focuses on those transformational forces. In particular, it presents a picture of ...

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