Record numbers of high street closures in first six months of 2018

A report that twice as many closures of UK shops, restaurants and pubs occurred in the first half of this year as in the first six months of any of the previous four years features in today's newspaper round-up.

The number of UK shops, pubs and restaurants lying empty has increased by more than 4,400 in the first six months of the year, according to a report in the Guardian. The paper cites figures from research firm the Local Data Company, and says the rise is more than double the highest previous increase recorded by the researchers in the past five years.

Ministers are close to abandoning efforts to find a company to build a new nuclear power station in north-west England after Japan's Toshiba pulled out, according to a report in today's Financial Times.

An article in the Financial Times (subscription only) explores how retailers are attempting to tackle high street decline by strengthening their community role through initiatives such as Sainsbury's scheme to encourage cafe customers to talk to each other.

Councils are being urged to take control of regenerating their town centres, says an article in the Guardian. It interviews Bill Grimsey, the former chief executive of retailers Wickes and Iceland, who aimed to set out a blueprint for town centre regeneration in a recently published report. 

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