West Midlands cities hardest hit by store closures
The difficulties facing retailers on West Midlands' high streets are continuing, resulting in one in 50 shop units closing and not being replaced by another retailer in the first half of the year.
The region saw a net fall of 2.2% in the six-month period, with there only being 148 openings but 261 closures. The drop accelerates the long-term trend away from bricks-and-mortar shopping and also reflects fragile consumer confidence.
The net 113 closures followed 89 in the first half of 2018 and 33 in the same period in 2017.
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