Six shops defying the High Street downturn

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Sometimes it seems there’s nothing but fate and gloomines on the UK’s High Streets.

This week “weve heard” profits were down at Debenhams and a big deal between shopping center owners Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring, and Intu fell through.

New store openings are at their lowest level for seven years. And mid-range eateries are closing branches left, right and centre.

But that doesn’t mean things are going awry for everyone. There are still some retailing bright spots.

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“The middle- or mass-market is very difficult in the High Street and you have to look to the premium purpose and the discount end of world markets for the good stories, ” mentions independent retail analyst Nick Bubb.