Towns in the West Midlands have some of the highest number of empty shops in the country.
That's according to The Local Data Company, which monitors shopping centres and retail parks in the UK.
They found that Burslem in Staffordshire is the worst for vacant shops in England. Traders told ITV News Central more needs to be done to attract businesses to the area. Rajiv Popat reports.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council say the report confirms what they already knew from their own retail report last June.
Five of the top ten worst town centres in the country for empty shops are in the West Midlands.
The Local Data Company has found that Burslem in Staffordshire is the worst for vacant stores in England, with Stoke-on-Trent coming in second. Dudley in the West Midlands had previously been top of the list for three years running.
The report found that 20% of all the shops it tracked had been vacant for more than three years, which amounts to almost 10,000 outlets.
The top 10 worst town centres for vacant retail and leisure space contain five in the West Midlands, four in the North West and one in the North East.
The top three are Burslem in Staffordshire with a vacancy rate of 29.4 per cent, Stoke-on-Trent with a vacancy of 28 per cent and Hartlepool in County Durham, with a vacancy rate of 27.3%.
The top 10 best town centres have six in Greater London and the South East.
A fire at a derelict pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent was deliberate, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have said.
The fire the former Wade Pottery in Westport Road, Burslem, broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning.
At its height, 40 firefighters were on the scene.
The Service is warning people about the dangers of setting fire to derelict buildings
Prince Charles has been in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent today touring projects he has helped to set up and here's the moment he got to have a go in a go-kart!