Blog: Shoplifters add to retail gloom

Joe Ayling | 19 October 2010

Already facing weak consumer spending, higher sourcing costs and an imminent rise in VAT, retailers in the UK were robbed of GBP4.4bn (US$6.9bn) by shoplifters last year, it has been reported.

It will be a depressing stat for high street bosses, with clothing, children's wear and lingerie making up the bulk of that figure.

Perhaps more disappointing is that theft by shop workers comprised a third of this figure, up 37% on the previous year.

The average haul per crime was GBP93, the BBC reported, showing that the effects of a recession can be far reaching, much like the CCTV stars below.

Shoplifting costs UK stores more than £4bn


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