The pace of shop closures on the High Street has slowed, offering a glimmer of hope for retailers.
Town centre shops closed at a rate of 18 a day in the first half of the year, compared with 20 a day a year ago, according to the study by PwC and the Local Data Company.
Video and photography shops suffered the worst drops, while hearing aid and charity shops opened the most branches.
There was a net reduction of just 209 shops, compared with 953 a year ago.
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