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Reality Check: Which shops and leisure services are opening and closing?

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Despite overall sales rising considerably in May, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson has warned that conditions remain "extremely challenging" for shops, with margins tight and competition intense.
So, here are the types of premises - selling goods and/or services - apparently doing best at the moment (the net increase shows how many more premises opened than closed during the year):
Biggest risers in 2017
Type of outlet
Net increase
Barbers
624
Beauty salons
388
Tobacconists (including vaping shops)
381
Cafes and tearooms
353
Nail salons
176
Restaurants and bars
174
Coffee shops
158
Pizza takeaways
145
Health clubs
100
Mobile phones
97
Bars
94
Chemists/toiletries
91
Funeral directors/monumental masons
85
Pizzerias
78
Tattooing and piercing
77
Chinese takeaways
77
Source: Local Data Company
The Office for National Statistics says British online sales increased to 17.3% of all retailing in the year to April, from 16.1% the previous year.So, it's little surprise that businesses providing services and goods that would be hard or impossible to supply over the internet - beauty treatments, tattooing, cups of coffee, and so on - have taken over hundreds of premises.
Retailers, on the other hand, face "significant head winds" - including increases in the National Living Wage and rising costs in sourcing goods, with the decline in value of the pound - says Richard Lim, chief executive of the consultancy Retail Economics.Meanwhile, consumers are looking for "low costs and convenience", leading them to online shopping for many goods, a trend, he says, that will "only accelerate", potentially damaging High Streets.Here are the retail/service sectors that lost the most premises last year (the net decrease shows how many more closed than opened):
Biggest fallers in 2017
Type of outlet
Net decrease
Pubs and inns
747
Banks/financial institutions
711
Travel agents
679
Post offices and services
577
Newsagents
364
Estate agents
349
Women's clothing
311
Convenience shops
305
Shoe shops
304
Fashion shops
274
Bookmakers
176
Computers
144
Gift shops
137
Indian restaurants
137
Discount stores
131
Source: Local Data Company
The pubs figure roughly tallies with Campaign for Real Ale data suggesting they are closing at the rate of two a day. It blames high tax rates on alcohol, saying they cause more people to drink at home. But the Office for National Statistics also reports the proportion of the population who drink has shrunk.And a parliamentary report earlier this year described bank closures as "seemingly remorseless", saying decreased use of cheques and more payments being made electronically had played their part.Likewise, sales of actual physical newspapers have fallen, as has the number of people smoking, hitting newsagents. And the Association of British Travel Agents found that 83% of people used websites to book breaks last year - up from 76% in 2016.Shops and leisure operators are dealing with an "unprecedented" range of challenges, including internet competition, business rate increases and lifestyle changes, says Mr Lim. "The question," he adds, "is how the strongest brands deal with what's happening."
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