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High Street woes mount as 85,000 jobs feared lost

The government is facing calls to overhaul its High Street policies after estimates were made of 85,000 retail sector job losses on a year ago.
The British Retail Consortium made the calculation after finding that the number of retail employees in the third quarter fell by 2.8% on a year earlier.
This is the 15th consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline, the BRC said.
Helen Dickinson, BRC boss, said it was time to overhaul business rates and the apprenticeship levy.
"Weak consumer demand and Brexit uncertainty continue to put pressure on retailers already focused on delivering the transformation taking place in the industry.
"While MPs rail against job losses in manufacturing, their response to larger losses in retail has remained muted," she said.
She said reforms to business rates and the apprenticeship levy would allow retailers to focus on enhancing their online presence and adapt to changes on the High Street.
The Treasury did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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