Poster notifying customers of store closure (l) a sign advertising an empty shop to-let (r)
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Soaring rents forcing businesses out of the high street

A new study has found that on average one in seven shops have laid empty for the last three years.

Among the areas worst affected is the North West of England where one in five is empty with many businesses complaining that high rent rates are driving them out.

Emma Simpson reports from Rochdale

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