Fewer shops go into administration
The number of retailers going into administration during 2013 fell by 6% overall compared to the year before though there was a marked upturn during the final quarter of the year.
Research from business advisory firm Deloitte found 183 retailers entered administration over the last 12 months compared with 194 in 2012.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
High street firms were thought to be benefiting from being left standing after the collapse of rivals.
But the last three months of the year saw an increase of 11% compared to the previous fourth quarter - from 37 to 41.
Lee Manning, restructuring services partner at Deloitte, said: "The high street has undergone a re-balancing, and this is what is being reflected by these figures.
"A year ago we were about to see HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops enter administration, but I would not expect as many high-profile retail casualties this time round.
"This does not mean demand is increasing, more that the clear-out will benefit those still standing in 2014."
In total, 1,629 businesses went into administration in 2013, 11% down from the figure of 1,833 seen the previous year.
Almost all sectors tracked in the analysis saw a decline in the number of business failures - including a 24% fall in property and construction, and a 4% decrease among manufacturing firms.
The healthcare and social services sector saw an increase of 7% from 42 to 45, the analysis found.