Hardly a month goes by without news of another wave of shops shutting.

So, how many shops have closed recently – and what’s behind the High Street crisis?

What shops are closing?

A record 2,481 shops disappeared from UK High Streets last year – up 40%, according to the accountancy firm PwC and the Local Data Company.

Big chains such as Toys R Us, Maplin and Poundworld went bust and vanished altogether.

Others such as Homebase, Mothercare, Carpetright and New Look did restructuring deals with their landlords, closing hundreds of shops between them.

The number of empty shops stands at a record high.

And in July the proportion of all shops that are empty reached 10.3%, its highest level since January 2015.

This year, the trend has continued,

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