The wash-out start to the summer added to the woes of the high street and triggered a 10.3% rise in retail collapses between April and June, a report revealed today.
The number of retailers to fall into insolvency rose to 426 in the second quarter of 2012, up from 386 in the previous year, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The number of casualties has been escalating year-on-year for each of the past four quarters, highlighting the squeeze on the high street.
More top news
Drying up across eastern parts this afternoon with showers continuing across Ireland.
Gordon Brown has said forced child migration schemes that continued until the 1970s amounted to "government-induced trafficking".
200 UK officers already working on the case are sifting through 15 tonnes of debris on each of the building's 24 floors.