Empty shops galore across the UK as tough times get tougher
More metaphorical tumbleweed than ever before is rolling down the high streets of Britain, with more than one in ten town and city centre shops vacant, according to figures from the end of May.
The average vacancy stat is 11.2%, with Northern Island experiencing a shocking 17.1% stat, easily topping the shop-emptiness charts. Wales comes in second place with 13.4% and the north of England has 13.1%.
The British Retail Consortium have published the figures and they’re also saying that there’s been a drop in footfall over the past year, by an average of one percent. But once again, things are tough in Wales, with a footfall fall of 9.2%. The West Midlands posts a slightly-less-grim 6.6%. Lucky old London has seen an increase of footfall by 1.6%, while Scotland has had a rise of 0.2%.
Some numbers there.
But what does it all mean? If you ask us, we’re looking at a new global society by the end of 2012, with money replaced by a system of credits awarded for handsomeness and gymnastic ability. Here at Bitterwallet, we’re pretty much screwed.