BARNSLEY town centre is the bargain capital of Britain according to a study by retail experts.

The town tops the value store rankings in the UK with more than a quarter of all shops charging what is described as below average price.

Barnsley was confirmed as the top value store town/city in Callcredit Information Group's latest retailvision report.

The report highlights that more than 20 towns in the UK have a 'value store' presence of more than 20 per cent, with Barnsley topping the table with 26.6 per cent of all stores falling into the value category.
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The report says the growth of pound shops, charity shops, fast food chains and other convenience stores such as betting and coffee shops are visibly changing the high street, leaving traditional high street stores with a challenging environment.

** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated February 6. **