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19 November 2012

“This new high in empty shop numbers really sets alarm bells ringing”

Business quote of the day.

By Helen Roxburgh

“This new high in empty shop numbers really sets alarm bells ringing”

British Retail Consortium director general Stephen Robertson warns that retailers still face huge challenges with 11 per cent of the High Street currently standing empty. More than one in ten shops standing empty represents a new high, after several high profile administrations including Comet, JJB Sports and Game.

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