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Retail Trade: Closures

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many high street shops have closed in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire since 1 January 2008. (303715)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what estimate has been made of the number of high street shops which have closed in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire since 1 January 2008 (303715).

ONS does not have statistics on the number of high street shops. Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available from the ONS release on Business Demography at www.statistics.gov.uk. The table below contains the latest statistics available on business deaths of retail businesses for England and the constituency of North East Cambridgeshire. All counts are based on enterprises and not local units (i.e. sites). Where a local unit closes but the enterprise continues to trade at other sites, a death will not be recorded in this data.

Count of deaths of enterprises for 2008—Retail by England and North East Cambridgeshire constituency

England

North East Cambridgeshire

Retail

20,765

40

471

Retail sale in non-specialised stores

4,050

10

472

Retail sale of food; beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

3,190

5

473

Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores

425

0

474

Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores

570

0

475

Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores

2,430

5

476

Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores

990

0

477

Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores

6,680

15

478

Retail sale via stalls and markets

250

0

479

Retail trade not in stores; stalls or markets

2,180

5