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Pen-demonium Penneys issue warning to Irish customers ahead of busy winter period

The high street giant said that shoppers will have to wait for some of their winter essentials as the company is experiencing stock delays

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Penneys (Stock image)

Penneys (Stock image)

Penneys (Stock image)

Penneys have issued a warning to Irish customers ahead of the Christmas retail rush.

The high street giant said that shoppers will have to wait for some of their winter essentials as the company is experiencing stock delays.

Brand owner Associated British Foods (ABF) said that Primark is “experiencing some delays to the handover of some autumn/winter inventory caused by port and container freight disruptions.”

However, ABF finance director John Bason assured Reuters that the problem was “about delays rather than cancellations,” and added: “All stores got this early autumn stock, we're fully stocked and ready for the season, there will be no shortages.”

Penneys had one of its busiest winter periods in history last year when stores reopened across the country after almost two months in lockdown.

At the time, the chain said: “Customers came back to our stores with enthusiasm and sales reflected some pent-up demand with very high basket sizes.”

Despite predictions of a busy Christmas period, ABF have said that Primark’s sales figures are expected to be down this year due to ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic.

“In the UK, our sales were affected by the rapid and significant increase in late June and early July in the number of people required to self-isolate following contact tracing alerts - the ‘pingdemic’,” ABF said.

Sales were also “impacted by the caution displayed by many consumers at that time,” as footfall in shops remained low as lockdown restrictions eased.

Meanwhile, Smyths Toys Ireland is advising parents to shop early for Christmas to avoid the chaos caused by delays last year.

A spokesperson said: “Smyths Toys advises you to shop early for Christmas. This is always a good idea so as to avoid the rush and to avoid disappointment. It is particularly important to shop early this year as global shipping and container shortages are causing supply issues in many parts of our lives.”

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