A glimpse of how Britain's high streets are changing

What today's report shows is that despite some signs of recovery, our high streets are still losing outlets.

These are reliable figures because they come from PwC - one of the biggest accountancy firms that deals with failing businesses.

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These figures include the headline-grabbing closures at HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops.

What is emerging in today's figures is a glimpse of how high streets across Britain are changing. most at risk from closure are women's fashion shops, travel agents, phone and shoe shops.

But look what's replacing them:

  • Charity shops - 142 new outlets
  • Convenience Stores - 137 outlets
  • Betting shops - 94 opened
Betting shops are among the beneficiaries of the changing face of the high street. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Overall there has been a slowing in the rate of store closures in this survey - but this only deals with chains...figures for smaller independent traders will be out next week and may tell a far less optimistic picture.