Debate on the high street: are UK city centres dead?

Primark forecasting sales of £2bn for the year but industry body says many retail firms are ‘hanging on by thread’

Customers leave the Primark store on Oxford Street, London, in June 2020
Primark forecasting sales of £2bn for the year but industry body says many retail firms are ‘hanging on by thread’
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Latest sales data shows that British shoppers are returning to the high street - but opinion is divided on whether the post-lockdown surge can save struggling retailers.

While some outlets are reporting strong sales growth, industry experts say that empty offices and the steep drop in commuters is having a devastating effect on many shops.

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