14 High Street Shops Close Every Day

By Holly Brockwell on at

2,692 of Britain's high street shops closed down in the first six months of 2018, and it looks like the trend is set to continue as some of the UK's biggest names struggle with the worst retail conditions in years.

According to the BBC, a new report from PwC surveyed the UK's top 500 high streets and found an average of 14 shutdowns a day, with the most in London and the least in Wales.

The report did also show that new stores were still opening – 1,569 of them in the same six months – but that's still an overall loss of 1,123 shops.

Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader for PwC, comments:

"Looking ahead, the turmoil facing the sector is unlikely to abate.

Store closures in the second half of the year due to administrations and company voluntary arrangements already announced will further intensify the situation."

This won't come as much of a surprise to anyone who's been following the news: beloved UK chains in trouble include Debenhams, Evans Cycles, WH Smith, New Look and about a billion more.

What do you think of the closures - is this a natural consequence to shopping going online? Or a sign of worse things to come? Let us know in the comments, which are about the only thing in the country not closed right now.

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