Sep 25, 2020

UK supermarkets move to head off stockpiling

Two of the Britain's biggest supermarkets have reintroduced purchasing limits on household staples as they try to discourage stockpiling and avoid a repeat of the spike in demand that preceded the March lockdown. Tesco, the market leader with more than 2,000 UK stores, put a three-item buying limit on flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes from Friday morning. Its move follows a similar decision by smaller rival Wm Morrison, which on Thursday introduced limits on products including toilet roll and bleach. Giles Hurley, UK chief executive of discounter Aldi, wrote to customers this week to reassure them "That our stores remain fully stocked" and to request that they "Continue to shop considerately". Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods, tweeted that customers could "Buy all the toilet roll you like - there's no product shortages and certainly no need for panic buying."

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