Empty shops rate highest in the West Midlands

THE West Midlands has seen the largest rise of unoccupied units anywhere in the country, latest figures have shown.

The region’s vacancy rate is 18.5%, while in Dudley – the town closest to the giant Merry Hill Centre - it is as high as 32%.

The Local Data Company’s (LDC) latest shop vacancy report, titled ‘More Clicks, Less Bricks’, said the worst performing large centre (those with more than 400 shops) at the end of 2012 was Stockport with a vacancy rate of 28.3%, closely follow... For the full story register now for free or login below...