Brits told to brace for nightmare Christmas free of Turkey, toys and beer – The Mirror

Retail analyst Clive Black of Shore Capital warns of a ‘distinct lack of choice’ with fewer turkeys being laid down, toy deliveries being hit by delays at ports and beer in short supply – and more expensive

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A “nightmare” Christmas of turkey, toy and beer shortages is looming, experts warn.

A retail analyst warned of a “distinct lack of choice” with essentials scarce.

With some shop shelves already empty, Clive Black of Shore Capital added: “I expect Christmas will be a nightmare. Shortages of labour have meant businesses have not laid down the same number of turkeys or planted the same number of crops.

“The HGV driver shortage is compounding the problem. A lot of people eating on Christmas Day will be asking, ‘What the hell is this?

“Equally if the CO2 problem does not settle, expect beer and carbonated soft drinks to be in short supply – and a lot more expensive.”

A little girl excitedly looks at a doll she’s just received as a gift on Christmas morning
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He added Christmas 2021 would be “pricier generally” due to extra costs of food and distribution firms.

He predicted shortages of toys, bicycles, sofas and electronic goods because of delays at ports, and difficulties with shipping and containers. Labour said Britain was in a race against time to avoid another winter of discontent.

It branded the Government’s £500million Household Support Fund, announced yesterday, a “temporary and inadequate sticking plaster”. The party says millions face a “crisis point” with energy bills to rocket from today and the £20 Universal Credit uplift ending.

Turkey could be among the products facing a shortage at Christmas
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Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband said: “It is Conservative complacency that has led to the fuel crisis, energy costs crisis, and supply chain crisis our country is experiencing, with ministers ignoring warnings from businesses and failing to plan ahead.”

The Petrol Retailers Association says its survey found 27% of forecourts have no fuel, 52% have both petrol and diesel and 21% have only one type.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke denied the HGV driver shortage behind supply problems was a result of Brexit.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said offenders with community sentences could serve as HGV drivers.

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