City proves it has a taste for in­de­pen­dents

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

SPARKHILL is the most in­de­pen­dent shop­ping area in the whole coun­try.

Nearly all (95 per cent) of the shops are in­de­pen­dently run in the Birm­ing­ham sub­urb, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by The Lo­cal Data Com­pany (LDC) and Bri­tish In­de­pen­dent Re­tail­ers.

How­ever, Perry Barr is one of the least in­de­pen­dent ar­eas in Bri­tain, with just 27 per cent of shops in­de­pen­dently run.

In­de­pen­dents ac­count for 65 per cent of all re­tail and leisure units in Great Bri­tain, un­changed since the first half of 2016.

But the West Mid­lands saw one of the big­gest in­creases in in­de­pen­dent shops, fig­ures re­veal. Num­bers of in­de­pen­dents were up by 194, a 0.9 per cent in­crease, in the first half of 2017.

Tra­di­tional in­de­pen­dent shops opened sig­nif­i­cantly more shops than in the same pe­riod last year, while the na­tional chains (with more than five stores na­tion­ally) con­tin­ued to see a fall.

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