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Net change in store openings and closures by location Great Britain 2013-2018

This chart presents the net percentage change in store openings and closures across Great Britain from the first half of 2017 to the first half of 2018, by location type. Over this period of time, store closures increased by 20 percent in total. In contrast, store openings experienced a 2 percent drop. In high streets, more store closures were observed than new stores emerging, with a 14 percent increase in closures against a 5 percent decrease in openings.

Net percentage change in openings and closures across Great Britain between H1 2017 and H2 2018, by location type

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

H1 2017 to H1 2018

Special properties

Multiple retailers*

Supplementary notes

* Multiple retailers are retailers that have more than five outlets nationally.

The source adds the following information: "The Local Data Company (LDC) visits over 3,000 towns and cities (retail centres and Government defined retail core), retail parks and shopping centres across England, Scotland and Wales. Each premises was visited and its occupancy status recorded as occupied, vacant or demolished."

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