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Retailers hit by shortfall in Japanese imports

The Local · 21 May 2011, 11:19

Published: 21 May 2011 11:19 GMT+02:00

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"There are shortages and waiting lists in the photography and multimedia areas – particularly newer models." a spokesman for the business cooperation Electronic Partner told the financial weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

"We're seeing the first shortages in the photography area," Benedict Kober, head of the electronics retailer Euronics, confirmed. "Not all the models are available. A lot of the cameras that we're selling at the moment are coming from our own back-up stores."

He added that the supply of smartphones was also depleted.

Japanese camera-maker Nikon has informed its German representatives that it currently can't deliver two of its new cameras, while the German headquarters of electronics giant Sony Ericsson has also reported that its import quantities are being reduced.

Mobile phone maker Nokia has said that it expects profits to drop in the second and third quarters of this year.

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16:12 May 21, 2011 by FIUMAN
Well, can German companies compete or will they wait until the Japanese recover enough to fill the need for consumer goods? See, this is the problem. For too long EU and US consumers have driven production overseas to the point that there no real alternative to products made in Eastern Asia. This has to stop. No offense to the Japanese as the Nikon are great but....
06:57 May 23, 2011 by Zlik
With the tragedy of 9-11 I also see another with that Tsunami in Japan. Who really gives a hoot bout some electro this n that for awhile at least. How about the 6th sense touch, like feeling. With cousin China selling hot cakes with/ like electro tambien you can still pick up a gadget there.
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