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.
More top news
Jon Platt's conviction brings to an end a legal battle over unauthorised term-time absences that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Five people, including three children, have died after being electrocuted in a pool at a water park in Turkey, it has been reported.
Dan Evans, who is currently ranked third in the UK men's rankings and 50th in the world, said: "I made a mistake and I must face up to it."