Retail experts have urged the government to reform the business rates system as new research finds that 44 shops close every week in the UK.
Figures from ratings adviser Altus Group, published by This is Money, show that 44 shops a week have been demolished or converted into homes.
In the seven years since the last rates revaluation, 15,856 shops across England and Wales have shut.
In April 2010 there were 430,360 shops in the UK, but seven years later this dropped by 3.68% to 414,504.
Alex Probyn, president of UK business rates at Altus, told the publication: “An online sales tax might be used to level the playing field, but it does not belong within a system based largely on rental values. An online sales tax, for example, should not be seen as a generator of additional income, but revenue could be ring-fenced and used to provide additional relief for traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers.”