Number of empty shops continues to rise across UK after Covid hit

Shoppers walk past a closed down shop in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA) (PA Wire)

The number of empty shops in high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has increased in the past three months, according to new data.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Local Data Company (LDC) found that fashion retailers had been hardest hit with the continued surge in online business in the sector and the closure of high street institutions including Debenhams and Topshop.

Shopping centres were the hardest hit, with nearly one in five units sitting empty – a 19.4{478333fef289f17d569c76970834c08f92d608302faf6c452490324ee355f13f} vacancy rate – followed by high streets

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