A glimpse of how Britain's high streets are changing

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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.

Read: Convenience store openings offset dwindling High Street

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.

Read: Expect shop closures to continue 'well into the future'