Almost three in every 10 stores are shuttered, data show


The amount of shuttered storefronts as a percentage of all shops in central Athens has crept up, reversing the trend of the first half of the year, according to data released by the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Enterprises (ESEE).

In September empty stores amounted to 28.1 percent of the total across the country, with the rate in Athens coming to 26.4 percent.

This ranges from 22.3 percent in the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki to 34.6 percent in Exarchia, west of the center.

In the district of Kallithea, south of central Athens, 43.5 percent of storefronts are shuttered.