London: Professional services group Grant Thornton UK LLP has acquired the analytics firm Local Futures Group for an undisclosed sum. The London-based strategy consulting and research firm specializes in economic development work. Grant Thornton says the acquisition supports its strategic shift to," holistic business advice for private and public sector clients". It will form part of the firm's growing analytics services and sees the introduction of a Place Analytics offering, under the Grant Thornton banner. The Local Futures Group team is relocating to Grant Thornton's London Euston offices.