It is a bleak start to the week for Britain’s High Streets.
Retailers will be looking for help from the Chancellor in November with a freezing of business rates top of the wish list for the Autumn Statement.
This prolonged period of freakishly hot September weather will not have helped either.
The fashion chains in particular will be casting an anxious glance at the forecasts as they unpack the deliveries of jumpers and coats that make up their autumn/ winter ranges.
This week is expected to be cooler but few people will be reaching for heavy knitwear anytime soon.
The disappearance of hundreds of Wilko stores will leave more ugly gaps on High Streets and shopping centres at a time when many units once occupied by the likes of past failures such as Paperchase are still empty.
High Streets are a key litmus paper indicator of the health of the general economy and have a disproportionate impact on how people feel about their local community. A sad and half-empty High Street has a demoralising impact far beyond the number of jobs lost.