Yesterday's Daily Post published an article claiming that North Wales and Wrecsam in particular were suffering from increased shop closures. The data was collected by the Local Data Company and shows that the empty shop rate in Wrecsam has shot up from 13.9% to 18.5% of shops in the last 18 months but following some enquiries into the Local Data Company's data collection methods it seems that they have not updated their town centre boundaries since 2004 and that their data does not include retail units in the Eagles Meadow town centre development and neither does their data include shops which do not pay rates i.e Charity Shops.
Another more comprehensive survey by Colliers International shows that shop vacancies in Wrecsam stands at 12% which is up from 10% from last October but which is below the UK average of 13.4%. This shows considerable improvement on the 18% shop vacancies in Wrecsam in the middle of 2009.
Reports such as the one in the Daily Post can be very damaging to trade in towns such as Wrecsam and Bangor particularly if the data is inaccurate. Editors have responsibilty to check on the quality and reliability of their sources. Clearly this did not happen on this occasion and the paper should publish an apology.