Shoppers are being warned to brace themselves for inflated prices with gaps on supermarket shelves this Christmas.
Children’s toys could be difficult to find, whilst turkeys other poultry items, pork and pigs in blankets could be in short supply.
Clive Black, a retail analyst at Shore Capital told The Times people could be asking “What the hell is this?” when they sit down for their Christmas dinner.
Black told The Times, that he thinks “Christmas will be a nightmare for consumers.”
He added, “It won’t be traditional. They may be eating other meats and nut roasts.
“Equally, if the CO2 problem does not settle, expect beer and carbonated soft drinks to be in short supply and a lot more expensive.
“Christmas 2021 is going to be much pricier generally because of the costs the food and distribution industries are facing.”
The Entertainer founder Gary Grant warned, “If you know what you want to buy your child, don’t be chasing round the country in December.
“I would genuinely recommend putting things away early.”
The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted the fuel crisis could affect Christmas also.
He was asked if the current fuel situation could continue until Christmas, Kwarteng said, “I’m not guaranteeing anything; all I’m saying is that I think the situation is stabilising.”
The international supply chain is effecting food and toy imports and it is estimated there is a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers.
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