At present, planning is being considered from various points of view, including the utilisation of space in shopping precincts planned by property developers. Utilisation of space must be based on a sound knowledge of the relationships between the amount of space required for certain types of shops or businesses. This study provides a comparison of the advantages of each of two methods which demonstrate these relationships when analysing the sites chosen for shops or businesses in precincts, selected at random for purpose of this analysis. Apart from many other advantages, the first method, known as INDSCAL, gives a clear and concise picture of the situation and the relationships between the various categories of shops, whilst the second provides a mathematical analysis of these relationships. Satisfactory results can only be obtained by analysing the results of both methods together.