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
Charities warn that sitting down too long can lead to health risks such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Labour leader will use a speech to set out the differences between his party and the Conservatives with particular emphasis on the NHS.
Kate will join Prince William on a tour of the Stephen Lawrence Centre before visiting a charity working with disadvantaged young people.