Toys 'R' Us UK suppliers withhold stock over bankruptcy fears

 
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Toys 'R' Us is in talks to make sure children have "the hottest toys" this Christmas (Source: Getty)

Toys 'R' Us is working with UK suppliers to avoid a shortage of stock in its British stores in the run-up to Christmas.

The retailer filed for bankruptcy protection for its North American operations last month, but spooked suppliers in the UK have stopped stocking Toys 'R' Us.

A spokesperson for Toys ‘R’ Us confirmed that the company was working with a “small number” of suppliers including nursery furniture maker Tutti Bambini and doll’s house company Worlds Apart.

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“We have been pleased with the vendor response to our efforts to resume business as usual, particularly in light of the upcoming and ever-important Christmas period. The overwhelming majority of our vendors are back online and shipping and we continue to work through the small number of others to ensure that our customers can shop us with confidence that they will have access to the hottest toys this Christmas just as they have every other year.”

Last month's Chapter 11 filing only affected the retailer's US and Canada businesses, but a trading statement from British toymaker Character Group last week indicated that the bankruptcy has already affected the wider market including the UK.

The Toys 'R' Us spokesperson added that the company was continuing with its determination to carry on with "business as usual" with a raft of new stores. Shops have already been opened in Banbury and Sunderland this year, with more planned for Reading, High Wycombe, Craigleith, Stafford and Blackburn.

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