However, more retail sales jobs could be imminent, as a spokesperson for the DCLG has stated that the government is keen to remedy the situation.
They said that the coalition is taking steps that would mean the amount of "damaging red tape" that is keeping many properties boarded up will be reduced.
"The best thing government can do to help businesses is to provide them with a stable economic environment," the spokesperson added.
A report from the British Retail Consortium found that last month, the town centre shop vacancy rate across the UK increased by 11.3 per cent, prompting the organisation's director-general Stephen Robertson to say that "alarm bells should be ringing".
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Source: The Sales Executive News