How many betting shops are there? Are their numbers growing?

As of September 2018 there were 8,406 betting shops in the UK. The number of betting shops has continually decreased since 2012 when there were 9,200 shops.

Numbers of betting shops in the UK peaked in the 1970s and 80s when there were more than 16,000.

Over 18 months from March 2017 to September 2018 over 400 betting shops have closed.