Fears for Welsh retailers

A business expert is warning around 14% of retailers in Wales face going bust. Chris Parry, from Cardiff Metropolitan University, says 2013 will be the toughest year of the recession to date.

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Jeweller: Tonypandy 'turning into a ghost town'

South Wales Valleys jeweller Derek Davies is among those who has felt the effects of the retail sector's struggles. He has closed his jewellery shop in Tonypandy.

He told our reporter Rob Osborne that even if he was offered a shop in the town with no costs to pay, he wouldn't take it. He said the trading environment is so bad 'it's turning into a ghost town.'

Derek has a jewellery shop still open in nearby Treorchy Credit: Rob Osborne / ITV News Cymru Wales

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says it 'remains committed to working with traders in all of our town centres in an effort to support various initiatives that have a positive effect on the local economy. Initiatives have included various events. This is particularly the case with Tonypandy itself.'

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Expert: '14% of Welsh retailers could go bust'

Around 14% of retail outlets are empty across the UK Credit: ITV News

A business expert is warning around 14% of retailers in Wales face going bust.

Chris Parry, from Cardiff Metropolitan University, says 2013 will be the toughest year of the recession to date.

It follows recent job losses at big chains HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster.

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