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Shops: Closures

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of high street shops which have closed in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes since 1 January 2008. (304485)

I have been asked to reply.

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) Milton Keynes since 1 January 2008 (304485).

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 for England and Milton Keynes. All counts are based on enterprises and not local units. 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 Milton Keynes unitary authority

England

Milton Keynes UA

Retail

20,765

95

471

Retail sale in non-specialised stores

4,050

10

472

Retail sale of food; beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

3,190

10

473

Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores

425

5

474

Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores

570

5

475

Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores

2,430

10

476

Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores

990

10

477

Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores

6,680

25

478

Retail sale via stalls and markets

250

0

479

Retail trade not in stores; stalls or markets

2,180

20