Rent squeeze

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 February, 2005, 12:00am

A restaurant chain and a multi-outlet retailer have shut down under economic pressure as rents have risen by up to 60 per cent in the past year. Retailers say landlords are over-optimistic about economic recovery. Are they right? Share your views: write to us.