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Are Scottish high streets under threat?

Around one store closed every day on Scotland's high streets in the first half of the year, new figures show.

It's an issue that has been felt acutely across the south of Scotland.

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Dumfries 'close to becoming a ghost town'

Many shops in Dumfries have been closing. Credit: ITV Border

Traders in Dumfries say 18 businesses have closed in the past four months.

High streets are struggling across Scotland, according to new figures showing one shop closes every day on average.

This week Scottish Enterprise announced it was starting a service in Dumfries and Galloway to support retailers.

But traders in the town say that without urgent help, the situation is likely to get worse.

I think it's very close to becoming a ghost town, as are all small towns in Scotland now.

They are all on the edge of disaster. We are not doing enough to make it easier to shop in the town centre.

We are standing in a big pedestrianised area, people like their cars to go shopping, but they can't take their car anywhere near our town centre because there's just no access.

– Rab Smith, Chairman, Dumfries Retailers Association

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