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Huge rise in UK shop closures with worse yet to come, warn analysts

About 11,000 chain outlets shut in first half of 2020, twice as many as in same period last year

Almost twice as many shops disappeared from UK high streets in the first half of 2020 as in the same period last year, as the Covid-19 lockdowns hammered retail businesses.

A total of 11,120 chain store outlets closed between January and June, while 5,119 opened. The 6,001 net store closures was a record high and compared with 3,509 in the first half of last year.

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