Arcadia and Dixons post profit loss
24 November 2011 Last updated at 13:37 GMT
Trouble on the high street has been reflected in the latest results from two major retail groups.
Arcadia - which includes the Top Shop and BHS brands - says its pre-tax profits fell by more than a third in the year to the end of August.
Dixons, which owns Currys and PC World, saw an 8% fall in sales.
Emma Simpson reports.