The Local Data Company's report shows that the region has an average shop vacancy rate of 21 per cent, while London has an average shop vacancy rate of ten per cent, the lowest of any part of England. The research reveals a clear north-south divide in terms of empty shops, with the North East, North West and Midlands all seeing average vacancy rates of around 19 per cent, while the rates in the East, South East and South West are around 14 per cent.
The research also shows that overall town centre vacancy rates have risen from 12 per cent in 2009 to 14.5 per cent in 2010. More than one shop in seven is now lying vacant on England's high streets, the report says.
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Highest average shop vacancy rate
Yorkshire and the Humber - 21%
Lowest average shop vacancy rate
London - 10%