British retailers are preparing for stock shortages over the coronavirus outbreak. Factory closures across China could affect giants like Halfords, B&M, DFS, Asos and Primark, with some analysts suggesting the possibility of gaps being left on store shelves. ‘A lot of disruption’ is expected from next month as the Covid-19 outbreak forces Asian container ships to cancel their plans to visit Britain, industry leaders have claimed. Britain’s biggest car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has been flying components from China in suitcases – and might run out within a fortnight, the Times reports. And JCB has curbed production at 11 domestic plants while Chinese suppliers facing the ongoing coronavirus crisis ‘struggle’ to ship parts. European seaports have faced warnings that the shutting down of plants across China could mean suppression of the country’s trade with the continent by a fifth. Factory closures across China could affect giants like Halfords, B&M, DFS, Asos and Primark, with some analysts suggesting the possibility of gaps being left on store shelves (file image) Employees work on a production line manufacturing protective suits at a clothing factory, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China February 17… Read full this story
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