Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Northern Ireland's empty shops 'should be a wake-up call'


Research published this week revealing that Northern Ireland has the worst shop vacancy rate in the UK shows that action is needed to reverse the decline in town centres, according to experts.
The research from property consultancy Lisney found almost a quarter of Belfast's shops are empty with the percentage of empty shops in NI approaching double the UK average.
Lisney's state of the property sector report has found Northern Ireland's current shop vacancy rate is 19 per cent. This is compared with 14.4 per cent in 2011. The current UK average is 11.4 per cent. Read more:


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