Coronavirus: Three-quarters of shoppers face shortages as stockpiling ramps up

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Nearly three-quarters of UK consumers are struggling to purchase basic grocery items such as tinned food and toilet roll as shoppers increase stockpiling.

Data from Retail Economics and law firm Squire Patton Boggs showed that 72% of consumers surveyed had experienced difficulties purchasing desired products due to insufficient stock and panic buying.

This comes after more than a quarter of consumers reported to have begun stockpiling retail goods over a fear of future shortages as grocers continue to deal with the ongoing impact of coronavirus on supply chains.

As has been borne out in statements from numerous supermarket chains across the UK, the research found popular goods currently being stockpiled include: tinned food, pasta, toilet roll, frozen food and over-the-counter medicines.

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