A survey of consumers across 24 countries found a pervasive sense that certain types of stores are disappearing from local shopping areas.
In particular, consumers reported seeing fewer bookstores, newsstands and furniture stores as compared with three years ago. By contrast, they reported seeing more or as many drugstores, takeout food outlets and chain stores.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos in October 2017, found that 39% of US respondents reported seeing fewer bookstores, while 30% reported seeing fewer appliance stores. A similar number reported seeing fewer independently operated shops.
The sense of a loss of retail presence paralleled (but not exactly) shoppers' shifting purchasing habits. The survey found that more than 20% of US respondents reported less frequent in-store shopping for clothes, appliances, furniture and books.
The survey also queried users on activities such as going to the movies or eating a meal in a restaurant.
Going out to a bar, for instance, was significantly less common than three years ago, with 30% of US respondents reporting that they did this less often, and 12% saying they did it more often. Similarly, more than one-third of US respondents said they are going to the movies less frequently, compared with 16% who said they did this more often.