One in ten shops in Britain, empty

According to reports, more than one in ten shops in Britain are empty, leaving our collective high-street looking pretty barren. It's the highest level recorded thus far, with the  British Retail Consortium (BRC) stating that 11.3% of stores are vacant.

Some big names have gone down the pan too, with JJB Sports, Blacks Leisure, Clinton Cards and Game all hitting the dirt with hundreds of stores closing.

The BRC say that Northern Ireland has been hit the hardest with 20% of shops going by the wayside, with Wales and North Yorkshire seeing figures hitting 15.1% and 14.6% respectively.

"This new high in empty shop numbers really sets alarm bells ringing," said BRC Director General Stephen Robertson, adding that this survey "confirms that financial challenges for both customers and retailers are far from over."

And with roughly two-thirds of Britain's GDP being generated by money spent in shops, this is particularly worrying news. With energy bills rising, it seems Britain's economic growth is going to be slow and laborious.  There's been calls for councils to relax planning rules so that the retailers can get things going again, but it seems unlikely. If customers have no money to spend, then it may not make any difference.



  • Her L.
    If it's empty, is it still a shop?
  • Mof's t.
    ONE in ten shops IS empty. One is not a plural.
  • Zeddy
    Will they ever recover? Only if we tire of e-shopping. That or someone fucks the intermaweb. Wait! My internet connection has g
  • Mike M.
    I am the one in ten.
  • The d.
    Your fucked..we're fucked...the whole country is fucked...!! And considering that containers coming through ports for retailers are down 30% on last year we are going nowhere fast , and it will get worse
  • steven
    i own a shop on a small highstreet and we where doing fine then the council decided to employ traffic wardens, now its like a ghost town when they arrive one shops taking is down 25 percent due to this factor they now go to out of town shops instead where they can park all day if they want
  • foxes
    Yeah I moved to a new town in March 2011 and I've been shopping in it just four times since. There is nowhere free to park and the council are hell-bent on making sure drivers stay away.
  • Sebastien J.
    When Comet go it'll be one and a half in ten
  • Sebastien J.
    Not that you can have half an empty shop but you know what I mean!
  • Boring B.
    if there are 10,000 shops, then 1 in ten of those shops makes 1,000 shops: plural.
  • Kjaxx
    Our town is nearly fulla shopsin Wilts... we only have 3 empty shops outta about 90... must be a derelict ghost town somewhere making up our numbers.. still after 19 years with my shop sales are worse than ever..
  • Mustapha S.
    Govt could give tax relief to those with solely a shop front and no online store as a way of helping them stay competitive, and limit num of shops. That way small family owned independents can compete, and town centres won't become clones.
  • Paul C.
    @kjaxx I must be down the road from you. Here in South Wits - nearly half our main shopping mall is empty. It's pretty embarrassing.
  • Dick
    Decent town centres are still thriving. Hardly any empty stores near me. The one I can think of is just getting done up, not actually closed down. So no problem here. It must just be the shit towns for shit people that have empty stores.
  • steven
    ours was thriving till traffic wardens appeared
  • Simon W.
    One-in-Ten is a composite adjective in this case. The noun is 'shop' of which there are more than one. So... 1-in-10 shops are empty is correct. It is not the adjective that is plural. Eg, it would not be correct to say high-street shops is empty for instance.
  • Mof's t.
    One in ten is not a composite adjective or any other adjective. It is a number. It describes a quantity and not a quality, which is the function of an adjective. One in ten shops is a less elegant way of saying one shop in ten. The subject of the sentence in both variants is one shop and only one shop is actually empty from every ten counted. This is why I capitalised the subject and its accompanying verb in my earlier post. This is basic English grammar that a child of eight should have mastered by now.
  • Simon W.
    Absolutely an adjective. You are wrong. Even in "one shop in ten", which I grant is more elegant, one is an adjective.

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