Just under a third of independent high street stores are now cafes, pubs, restaurants and takeaways rather than traditional retailers, according to a new study of 75,000 businesses. The research by Simply Business, the insurance company, found that last year restaurants, pubs and cafes made up 31% of high street businesses, a rise of 2% on 2008 numbers. In contrast, the number of independent clothes shops declined to 5% of high street businesses, down from 6% in 2008, while the level of newsagents and butchers also declined. The survey found that hairdressers and beauty salons were the major winners on the high street over the last two years, with hairdressers now the most common type of non-hospitality establishment on the high street. Regionally, Wales saw the highest proportion of high street pubs and bars, at 17%, 2% above the national average, while Scotland had the highest percentage of takeaways at 6%. London, unsurprisingly, remained the place for restaurants, which made up 11% of high streets, while coffee shops, at 12%, were popular in the South West and the North East. Jason Stockwood, chief executive of Simply Business, said: "The business climate has clearly been more favourable for some retail businesses than others and this has influenced the make-up of high streets across the UK. While it's great that food and drink businesses are doing well, it's worrying to see that certain sectors such as fashion and newsagents are in the decline, with competition from the big high street brands a likely cause."