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Shops desert High Street at faster rate in 2014, BBC News 16 Mar 15

The number of High Street shops fell sharply last year after many more stores closed than opened, research suggests.

The Local Data Company, which based its analysis on the top 500 UK town centres, said a net total of 987 high street shops disappeared in 2014, almost three times the 2013 total.

Overall, it said 5,839 outlets closed last year, equivalent to 16 a day.

Clothes and shoe shops suffered the biggest declines, it said. 

It found service shops such as opticians and travel agents also saw net falls in shop numbers, but leisure stores, such as food and drinks outlets, continued to thrive.

Coffee shops, tobacconists and charity shops were among those opening the most branches last year, it said. 

The biggest losers by category were mobile phone shops, which saw their numbers drop by 419, with their decline accelerated by Phones 4U's collapse into administration.

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The local grocer returns to UK high streets, The Telegraph 18 Feb 15

Independent shops are returning to the UK's high streets, with the biggest surge taking place across the North West

 Consumers are turning their back on chains and returning to small local shops, according to a new report into the state of Britain's high streets. 

The High Street Tracker, compiled by business insurance broker Simply Business, found a 110pc increase in small, local retailers opening over the past five years. 

The strongest small shop renaissance took place in the North West, with the number of new independent stores rising 18pc across the region last year and 89pc over a five-year period. 

Greater London, the South East and the East Midlands were also showed strong growth in independent stores. 

Northern Ireland showed the slowest growth, with just an 8pc increase in new small shops.

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Harrogate Borough Council Shopjacket in Ripon.

Replaced by a great new offer with a modern twist...



New charity shop opens in Keel Row Shopping Centre, Blyth 

Shopjacket helps with signage for this great new charity shop which opened 9th Feb 2015



Getting ready to open...Pop-up Shop, Russell Street North Shields

Shopjacket helps with the signage for this exciting new pop-up shop offer...

The space is available for new businesses wanting to test the marketNail bar? Jewellery? Gifts? Shoes?...