The Entertainer stockpiles toys ahead of possible no-deal Brexit

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The Entertainer Christmas
// The Entertainer has stockpiled toys in the run-up to a possible no-deal Brexit
// Toys ‘R’ Us collapse benefited The Entertainer’s sales
// The Entertainer boasted a strong Christmas trading period with sales over 10%

The Entertainer has stockpiled 100 container loads of its toys to ensure zero shortages this summer as chances of a no-deal Brexit seem more and more likely.

The toy retailer’s managing director Gary Grant said The Entertainer has doubled the usual amount of containers sent into the UK at this time of the year to make sure its stock was in place before any potential hold-ups at ports.

“There will be no shortage of toys in the UK. The items we ship from the far east, we have brought the containers forward to make sure we have adequate stocks,” he said.

“It might take three months for things to settle down [after Brexit]. The second biggest time for buying toys is Easter.”

The Entertainer did not take any extra warehouse space for its toys because it had spare capacity after the Christmas trading period.

Just recently, retailers including Tesco and Marks & Spencer announced they would stockpile tinned and packaged foods in the run-up to Brexit.

Retailers are fearful of lorries facing major delays at ports by the changes in bureaucracy related to the UK’s exit from the EU.

Meanwhile, Grant said The Entertainer boasted a strong Christmas trading period, with sales climbing up by over 10 per cent as the closure of Toys R Us benefited the retailer.

“During 2018, we opened 16 new stores and we traded better than double digits up,” he said.

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