The West Midlands has one of the worst 'shop vacancy rates' in the country, according to new figures published today.
As well as shops standing empty fewer people made their way to town and city centres to do their shopping.
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Dry with bright or sunny periods, allowing temperatures to rise a little higher, making it feel warm in the light winds.
There will be plenty of sunshine across the region today and it will be generally warmer, with a light south-westerly breeze.
A worker has been airlifted to hospital with a serious leg injury after an accident at a factory near Kidderminster.