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Death of the high street

As one in six shops across the UK lies empty, just what is the future for the British high street? Channel 4 News special report.

post 01 January 2001
Read more from Siobhan Kennedy Can the British high street reinvent itself?

Siobhan Kennedy travels to Swindon  once at the heart of Britain's industrial production  to find out how its high street is faring.

article 16 December 2012 UK
A beggar's banquet on the British high street
A beggar's banquet on the British high street

The high street has been hit hard by the digital age but writer and commentator John Anderson argues there's still something to be said for browsing through CDs.

article 10 January 2012 Business
Q&A: What next for the British high street?
Channel 4 News asks: what is the future of the British high street?

"Dazzling" sales in the week before Christmas, yet forecasts remain gloomy as plunging profits threaten to close more shops. Channel 4 News asks: what is the future of the British high street?

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video 03 December 2013 UK

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Health of the high street - video

Will the chancellor's autumn statement, on 5 December, help our struggling high streets? Siobhan Kennedy gauges the mood.

article 02 September 2013 UK
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Mary Portas hits back at Grimsey over high street report

Mary Portas hits back at retail chief Bill Grimsey, who criticised her "nostalgic" approach to saving the high street, as the two retail giants do battle.

post 20 August 2013
Read more from Siobhan Kennedy Can the British high street reinvent itself?

As Britain's economy gradually hauls itself back to growth, Siobhan Kennedy hits the high street in Swindon to find out if locals think it can reinvent itself.

article 19 August 2013 UK
high street (getty)
by The British high street - shopping mecca or charity case?

The British high street is back in business, says a new survey - but is it full of charity shops and discount stores? We're trying to find out as #c4newspopup tours Britain this week. You tell us!

article 05 June 2013 UK
Shopper at food stall (getty)
by The true cost of food: not all about the price

Buy one, get one free: shops are wooing consumers with offers and vouchers, pushing down the rise in food prices to their lowest in almost three years.

article 30 May 2013 UK
New planning rules could see pubs and betting shops operating under the same roof say critics (Image: Reuters)
New planning rules give high street developers 'free rein'

New planning rules enforced today could see pubs and betting shops operating under the same roof, critics say.

article 28 May 2013 Business
Shopper in high street (getty)
by Going, gone: a fifth of high street shops could close

Buy now while stocks last: everything must go. Going "down the shops" is fast becoming a thing of the past, as a new report warns that one in five high street stores could close by 2018.