first_imgEstate agents were the second fastest declining retail high street category during the first half of 2018, research released this morning has revealed, beaten only by the rapid closure of pubs.Some 211 estate agency branches closed over the period, the Local Data Company (LDC) has revealed.It says the closures have been prompted by the slowdown in the housing market and are concentrated in Greater London and the South East, but the research firm says competition from Purplebricks has also played a part in squeezing fee levels and profit margins.Its report also highlights how much pressure the high street is under, revealing that 692 pubs closed between January and June this year, along with 223 electrical goods stores, 171 women’s clothes stores and 160 newsagents.Small townsOverall, the number of high street units that closed over the period increased by 16.9% compared to the same period last year, while the number of openings decreased by 2.1%.LDC says small towns are being hit hardest while larger shopping centres are proving more resilient.“The challenges faced by UK retailers showed no signs of slowing down in the first half of 2018,” the report says.“Retailers continue to fight against dented consumer confidence, political uncertainty, rising occupational costs affecting margins and increasing competition pushing prices down across key sectors.”Agents considering an alternative career on the high street might look to the key growth sectors highlighted by the report which include barber shops, beauty salons, mobile phone shops, health clubs, shoe repair bars and vaping retailers.Read the report in full.Local Data Company high streets estate agent closures November 9, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency branch closures accelerating, high street report reveals previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency branch closures accelerating, high street report revealsClosures are concentrated in Greater London and the South East of England, the LDC research shows.Nigel Lewis9th November 201804,788 Viewslast_img

Published by admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *