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Britain's retailers have faced yet more gloomy predictions today with up to half of major High Street stores planning to cut staff, according to a new survey.
The grim outlook comes in the wake of a series of famous names going under, like Jessops, Blockbuster and HMV.
ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports from Warrington:
Around 50 per cent of retailers will shed jobs in the first quarter of 2013, according to research by the British Retail Consortium.
Speaking to ITV Daybreak, Employment Minister Mark Hoban said that the overall employment figures are good, and that jobs are being created.
He added that the high street is changing and job descriptions will change too.
The British Retail Consortium has reported that more than half of high street stores will be making staff cuts this spring.
ITV Daybreak spoke to Fiona Wilson from the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, she said: "We would expect to see some seasonal changes in the new year".
Half of all shops on the high street plan to cut staff over the next few months, as many struggle to stay afloat.
The warning from the British Retail Consortium comes as thousands of shop staff, made redundant since Christmas, try to find work.
ITV Daybreak's Katy Fawcett reports.
Around 50 per cent of retailers said they planned to cut staffing levels in the next few months, with only 4% expecting to create jobs, according to a new survey.
There were also almost 600 fewer shops last month even before the recent collapse of a raft of High Street names, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
However, employment in the retail sector rose by 0.6% in the final quarter of 2012 compared with a year earlier, driven entirely by part-time workers, the study found.
The survey, covering 1.3 million workers at 25 major retailers, showed that Christmas was not a disaster for traders, but staffing levels were kept "modest".
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A record number of shops closed in December, footfall was down and there are alarming signs for the future.