Scottish shops closing at fastest rate in whole of UK
number of net closures, the number is considerably down on previous years, suggesting that the retail chains are through the worst of the pain.
“Having said that, online shopping is here to stay and that will continue to eat away at the high street’s profits and presence.”
Ewan MacDonald-Russell, head of policy at the Scottish Retail Consortium, said the figures were “disappointing but not surprising”.
He added: “Retailers are being forced to take very difficult decisions as they manage the triple challenge of transformational digital change, the squeeze on family finances, and the ongoing impact of public policy.
“Retailers are forced to consolidate in the cities since those are the properties most