2019 set to be “another tough year” for UK retailers

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// 175,000 jobs expected to be shed in UK retail
// 23,000 shops set to close this year
// 62% property owners blame UK high street failure on online shopping

Over 175,000 jobs are set to be shed from the UK’s retail industry, while retail property values will slide amid the continuing increase in online shopping.

A further 23,000 shops are expected to close this year, according to research conducted by real estate advisers Altus Group.

Meanwhile, 62 per cent of UK property owners have said Amazon’s success has disrupted the market.

A further 78 per cent said the rise in experiential retailing has also affected retailers as customers are mainly seeking out experience-led shopping.

The results show that retailers are forecast to have an even worse year this year than 2018, which saw nearly 20,000 stores close and 150,000 jobs lost.

The value of property is also expected to decrease by 15.9 per cent as consumers continue to prefer online alternatives.

The change in UK consumers’ shopping habits is the reason Altus Group undertook the research.

Furthermore, 2018 was a tough year for many retailers as the likes of House of Fraser, Evans Cycles, Maplin and Poundworld were considerably failing, while Mothercare and Carpetright closed hundreds of their failing stores.

Overall, Altus Group said: “2019 is set to be another tough year for Britain’s high streets as businesses continue to grapple with rising costs, subdued consumer confidence and an increase spend online.”

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