Booksellers warn over Christmas supplies amid UK lorry driver shortage

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Shops build up stocks early to offset bottlenecks as publishers warn Brexit and pandemic is delaying distribution

Publishers and retailers have warned of potential delays on Christmas books as the shortage of lorry drivers affects deliveries.

Waterstones, the UK’s biggest high street bookseller, said it had upped stocks of books by a quarter and ordered early to try to offset distribution problems as several publishers admitted that deliveries were under strain.

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