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Retail's Crisis Years - 2018-19
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Retail's Crisis Years - 2018-19

2018 has been the worst year for shops since 2008, the height of the recession and there is no reason to think that 2019 will be any better.

The Who's Gone Bust? webpage is an indicator of the health of retail, but does not attempt to track actual job losses or store closures.

The estimates on this page give job losses and store closures resulting from:

We only include proposed closures and announced job losses. We do not include what the BBC calls jobs 'at risk' (ie companies or in administration) because there is a danger that this overstates losses in a normal year and we publish those figures anyway in Who's Gone Bust?

Crisis Graph


1. The above figures show actual or proposed closures and staff reductions between January and the month shown
2. A comparison is drawn with the same period in 2017.
3. These are approximations, but are as accurate as we can make them.
4. We do not include 'at risk' figures as this overstates the extent of the problem. These losses are 'announced' losses.
5. It is impossible to map each month's business decisions made by administrators and retail businesses
6. 'Administration' means companies that have been put into administration or are a few days away from this process.
7. 'CVA' mean companies that either have a company voluntary arrangement or are attempting to set one up.
8. 'Rationalisation' means the effects on stores and staff of companies adopting tighter management structures, de-staffing or store and depot closures designed to reduce costs or increase efficiency.
9. We have not included the closures of smaller business yet in these figures







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