Empty shop numbers rise as Covid continues to bite
The number of empty shops in Britain has continued to rise as retailers struggle with the effects of the Covid pandemic, the British Retail Consortium has said.
Shopping centres have been hardest hit, with nearly one in five units empty, the industry group said.
The north east of England had the highest vacancy rate, followed by Wales and the north west.
The Covid pandemic has accelerated a shift towards online shopping.
Many shops were shuttered during lockdowns, although retail sales in June were near pre-lockdown levels, as the reopening of shops released pent-up demand.Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58007313