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Supermarkets ask shoppers to be 'considerate' and stop panic buying


Supermarkets are urging shoppers not to buy more than they need amid concern over coronavirus-linked stockpiling.

In a joint letter, UK retailers have reminded customers to be considerate in their shopping, so that others are not left without much-needed items.

"There is enough for everyone if we all work together," it adds. (image AFP)


It comes after some shops began rationing the sales of certain products to avoid them selling out completely.


In the letter, the retailers say online and click-and-collect services are at "full capacity" and staff and suppliers are "working day and night to keep the nation fed". The retailers say they are working "closely" with government and suppliers to make more deliveries to stores so that shelves are well-stocked. "We understand your concerns but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without," the letter reads.


Speaking on behalf of retailers, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), said: "In the face of unprecedented demand as a result of coronavirus, food retailers have come together to ask their customers to support each other to make sure everyone can get access to the products they need."

The plea follows widespread concern over shoppers emptying supermarket shelves as fears grow over the spread of coronavirus.


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Michelle Davies@M_Davieswrites

Ridiculous scenes in Tesco Colney Hatch this morning. Shelves cleared like there's been a riot. The selfishness of some people filling their trolleys with multiple packs and leavi