A new report by PWC highlights the winners and the losers among shops on High Streets across the UK.
I was pleased to see that coffee shops, tea rooms and ice cream shops are on the rise and especially pleased to see that there has also been an increase in the number of book shops.
Meanwhile there has been a fall in the number of estate agents, banks, travel agents, convenience stores and pubs.
At one time there were so many predictions about the demise of the book and its replacement by the internet. In fact I find the internet complements the book but those predictions have proven to be unfounded.
Yes some people will order books over the internet but there is no substitute for the pleasure of browsing in a bookshop.