The Internet has changed the nature of the way we shop. More and more of us are shopping online instead of in "bricks and mortar" stores. In the United Kingdom, this is having dire consequences for the traditional high-street store. A respected business leader has released a report containing grim statistics on the future of U.K. retailing. CEO Bill Grimsey warns that 47 per cent of Britain's chain stores are "horribly stressed financially". This amounts to some 20,000 stores. He predicts a quarter of these will be out of business within the next three years. Mr Grimsey has also said that the continual demise of traditional shopping streets has led to what he termed as "ugly" town centres.
Mr Grimsey provided a range of reasons for the degeneration of Britain's downtown areas. Over 40,000 of Britain's shops are empty; roughly eleven per cent of all retail space. Grimsey said many stores have not sufficiently risen to meet the challenge posed by the Internet. He said that rather than looking to the future, and at innovative ideas to lure customers back, many stores are still stuck in the past. In particular, he said companies were too "nostalgic". Another reason is that multinational companies are draining local areas of money. He said: "It is not difficult to keep local money within the local economy, but it doesn't work if…we are listening too much to big firms."
1.out of business 退出市场
例句：All of which would have crushed our margins and slowly but surely driven us out of business.
2.a range of 一系列
例句：Should a service with a range of users enable all users to access all data?
3.instead of 而不是
例句：His success plays his luck instead of his skill.
4.meet the challenge 迎接挑战
例句：The holy city is striving to meet the challenge with some Vegas-like amenities.
1.How did the article describe traditional shops?
a) as online stores
b) as being old-fashioned
c) as being concerned with nature
d) as bricks and mortar stores
2.What kind of consequences is the Internet having on stores?
c) positive effects
3.What did a report contain?
a) photos of every closed store
b) a way forward
c) bleak statistics
d) innovative ideas
4.How many shops could go bust within the next three years?
5.How did a CEO describe the look of town centres?
6.What percentage of retail space in the UK is vacant?
7.What ideas have stores not been looking at?
a) ideas to move location
b) nostalgic ideas
c) ideas about new technology
d) ones to bring customers back
8.What feelings did the CEO say stores had too much of?
9.What is draining local economies of money?
a) sewage systems
c) multinational firms
10.How can local economies make things difficult for themselves?
a) by not offering huge discounts
b) by listening to big companies
c) competing with the Internet
d) closing early