By Marcus Leach

A new report, released by the Local Data Company (LDC), shows that the proportion of shops lying empty has increased in every region in Britain bar London between January and June.

The worrying data goes on to reveal that an average of 14.6% of shops now remain empty across Britain, with the dramatic drop in consumer spending resulting in the increase of vacancies.

The LDC says that other contributing factors include the emergence of online sales and retail space expansion.

Despite this report not all are willing to accept it. The Association of Town Centre Management called the data "fatally flawed" after criticising the methodology used in the survey.

"They use an out-of-date set of criteria for establishing town centre boundaries and, as a result, they don't reflect the reality on the ground," said Martin Blackwell, chief executive of the ATCM.

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