Branded coffee bars are threatening independent coffee shops in their quest to expand outside London, according to retail analyst Allegra Strategies.
Allegra said the regions were outpacing London's saturated coffee market, growing by 7.2% to 1,525 outlets in the seven months to January 2005.
Growth was more sluggish in the capital, where the number of outlets in the branded sector reached 903 - a 2.8% growth on the same period last year.
Overall, branded chains grew by 5.6% to 2,428 shops to January 2005 and now make up 29.1% of the coffee market.
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