Retailers call for action as high street store closures soar

Government urged to step in over crisis that has cost tens of thousands of jobsRetailers and unions are calling for urgent government action to help struggling high streets as new data shows the number of shops, pubs and restaurants lying empty is risi…

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The Guardian view on the decline of Marks & Spencer: trouble at tills | Editorial

Public feeling towards M&S is stronger than for other retailers, but its current plight proves that it cannot trade on goodwill for everShops need shoppers, and if people want them to survive as bricks-and-mortar entities in the face of ferocious o…

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If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott

Improving rail links in the north is a far better use of £80bn-plus than continuing with a delayed projectThe future of HS2, Britain’s most ambitious infrastructure project, is hanging by a thread after the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced …

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