About 14 shops are closing every day as UK High Streets face their toughest trading climate in five years, a report has found.
There were 34 bakery openings during the period and 32 closures, taking the total number of sites to 1,333.
There were some bright spots, however, with supermarkets, booksellers, ice cream parlours and coffee shops all seeing slim net gains in their store counts.
According to the report, 2,692 shops closed in the first six month of this year, while 1,569 shops opened, which means a record high net number of closures of 1,123.
The study, due to be published today, is an analysis of 500 high streets. The data looks at retail chains with more than five outlets.
"The performance of the physical United Kingdom retail landscape has well and truly passed an inflexion point".
Toys R Us UK and electronics retailer Maplin went into administration this year, while department store chain House of Fraser was rescued by Sports Direct, and stalwarts such as Marks & Spencer and Debenhams have announced closures.
"Arguably in part these latest figures reflect both; businesses which have struggled to meet consumer demand, but also conversely those operators who are actively managing and reducing their portfolios to ensure their estate remains fit for objective", Stainton added.
There was however some positive growth news across the regions high streets, with barbers, beauty salons, nail salons, and pawnbrokers among the fastest growing in the first half of the year.
Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, commented: "The continued rate of store closures reflects the new reality of that many of us prefer to shop online and increasingly eat, drink and entertain at home".
Andy Lyon, partner and head of retail at PwC in the Midlands, said: "Our latest research highlights the challenges facing the retail and leisure sectors on Britain's high streets".
"We have created a £675m fund to help high streets adapt, slashed business rates. and are creating a task force guided by Sir John Timpson, one of the UK's most experienced retailers, to ensure that High Streets are adapting for rapid change and are fit for the future", he said.
In the first half of 2018 there were 58 new store openings in Scotland's main cities and towns, but 107 closures, figures from the Local Data Company (LDC) show.