Who were the biggest losers of 2012?

Chris Wheal
Comet shop sign - everything must go
Comet shop sign - everything must go

High streets were hit hard in 2012 as people cut out the luxuries and cut back on essentials. Shops closed and – for the first time for 30 years - no new shopping centres opened.

The British Retail Consortium reported that shop vacancies had reached a new high with more than one in ten town centre shops empty (11.3%). In some parts of the country as many as one in five (20%) shops stayed boarded up.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%