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Britain's High Streets take a battering

It's not been a good week for the nation's high streets, with familiar names such as Thorntons and Habitat added to the growing list of those in financial trouble.

Social historian and High St expert Juliet Gardiner and John Timpson, chairman of service chain Timpsons, try to answer a tricky conundrum: where have all the shoppers gone?

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