This is way too complex to narrow down to just the economy or the doom and gloom some would say that Brexit would bring. It's the bringing together of so many factors the high street has been building up for the last 20 years. It's everything from a customer educated to expect discounts and offers with constant sales, all impacting margins through to increases in rents and the knock on effect on rates. Add to that the drive to open more and more stores funded by debt, and a lack of investment in e-commerce and you get a perfect storm. If anything the small retailer is the one who can benefit with the advantage of flexibility not just in cost control but also the ability to offer a level of customer service, online experience and product speciality that can really be appealing to a consumer who is looking for a different shopping experience. We haven't' seen the last of the problems, with Moss Bros, House Of Fraser and more bubbling along the edge this has the potential to downgrade the high street and rebalance the landscape in favour of the small retailers who are the backbone of this countries commerce. We new this would come eventually and perhaps now the chains will realise it's not all about undercutting each other with sales and discounts, it's about service, product and value for money.