In the past 10 years, the number of pubs in the UK has fallen by 20 per cent, but the amount of alcohol consumed certainly hasn't. In much the same way, the amount of shopping has not declined but the number of shops has. This is particularly noticeable in the traditional high street, where the composition of shops has been steadily altered. This reflects a combination of changing trends in consumer habits and the inability of some stores to adapt. So predicting the death of the high street as it is currently known may not be that wide of the mark.
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