Shoppers are deserting high street in highest numbers since recession
The number of people visiting the high street fell by more than 4% over the last two months – according to figures from the British Retail Consortium.
The figures are the worst since the depths of the recession in 2009 and come as a wave of retailers are struggling to cope with the brutal trading conditions.
Struggling stores include House of Fraser, Carpetright and discounter Poundworld - which has been put up for sale.
Fashion brand Bench, which was founded in Manchester, has also gone into administration.
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