Estate agents were among the biggest ‘fallers’ in the high street in the first six months of this year.
The dwindling of their high street numbers put them in fourth place behind charity shops, shoe shops and women’s clothes shops which shut down.
However, numbers are tiny.
According to new figures from PwC and the Local Data Company, 114 estate agency branches closed and 78 opened – giving a net loss of 36 branches.
Gift shops, card shops and banks were named as the other sectors which lost high street presence.
By contrast, tobacconists, TV shops, beauty shops, coffee shops, booksellers, supermarkets and ice cream parlours finished the first six months of this year with more high street outlets than they started with.
PwC specifically cites Rightmove and Zoopla as being the reason behind the fall in the number of agency outlets.