The health of UK bricks-and-mortar retail in six charts

Meadowhall shopping centre Sheffield

After the best part of two years of intermittent lockdowns and store closures, 2022 was the first post-pandemic year retailers could trade without restrictions.

Despite the lack of lockdowns, the economic situation was not all sunshine and roses. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and the unwinding of international supply chains led to rampant inflation, which created a cost-of-living crisis for millions of consumers.


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