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British retailers facing stock shortages over Coronavirus outbreak

Several British retailers are likely to face stock shortages over the Coronavirus outbreak. Factories of brands like Halfords, B&M, DFS, Asos and Primark are likely to shut operations leaving gaps on their store shelves. Britain's biggest car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which has been flying components from China in suitcases, has curbed production at 11 domestic plants while Chinese suppliers facing the ongoing coronavirus crisis 'struggle' to ship parts.

European seaports have been warned that shutting down of plants across China could result in the suppression of the country's trade with the continent by a fifth. Ultimate Products, who are behind Russell Hobbs kitchen products, has been warned of possible delays, as have Kleenze mops and Dreamtime duvets. Fashion retailer Joules, which imports 90 per cent of its product range from China, is planning to shift its manufacturing to Turkey and Bangladesh.