Retailers hit by shortfall in Japanese imports

Retailers hit by shortfall in Japanese imports
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German retailers are reporting the first shortfalls in imports of electronic goods from Japan, two months after a devastating earthquake crippled factories there.

“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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