IELTS Writing: Shop Closures and Openings
Writing Task 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph below shows the number of shops that closed and the number of new shops that opened in one country between 2011 and 2018.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 Words
Shop closures and openings: Version 1
The line graph compares the number of closed and opened establishments in a country from 2011 to 2018. Overall, the number of closures was higher than openings, except for 2011 and 2015.
Although more than 6000 stores closed, around 8,500 shops opened in 2011, and the number of opened stores decreased by half the following year (4000). Despite the steady growth of store opening in 2013, which accounted for 5000, the number of closed stores exceeded 7000, a difference of 2000 stores.
In 2014, both trends reached the same number, around 6500 for closures and 6250 opening stores, respectively. By the following year, closures dropped significantly, with only about 500 stores declared closed, but it bounced back in 2016, reaching 5000. On the other hand, opening stores got 4000 and remained steady from 2015 until 2017 and a downward trend in 2018 while the store closures remained at 5000 stores.
Shop closures and openings: Version 2
The line graph compares the number of shop closures and openings in a country between 2011 and 2018. Overall, the number of opening stores was high in 2011 and 2015, but there were more shop closures in the other years.
Around 8500 establishments were recorded for store openings; however, this decreased by half in the following years. By 2014, the store openings bounced back again and reached around 6000. Another downward trend happened in 2015, going back to 4000 store openings. This number remained the same for the next three years until another dipped occurred in 2018, reaching down to 3000 store openings.
The trend of closing shops between 2011 and 2014 was a bit erratic, it started at 6000 in 2011, with a slight decrease by the following year. However, it peaked at 7000 in 2013 and returned to around 6000 after a year. From 2016 to 2018, the trend was stable at 5000 establishment closures after a significant dive accounting for 500 stores in 2015.
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