Poundland shop in Brixton, London
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Has Poundland's presence affected the high street?

Latest figures show retail sales rose by 0.9% in January, which is the biggest monthly jump for more than a decade.

Household goods stores saw their first sales growth for almost a year.

However, it comes as a report shows that High Street chains are closing shops at the rate of 14 a day. Some of them have blamed Poundland for taking their customers away.

BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast spoke to Jim McCarthy, the Chief Executive of Poundland.

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