The Telegraph has reported that Nick Mather, the chief executive of Hamleys, has warned that British retailers are facing a potential shortage of big selling toys in the pre-Christmas trading period amid the string of recent safety scares and recalls.
According to the newspaper's website, Mather said that the number of recalls meant the strong possibility that demand for some leading product lines would outstrip supply.
"A tightening of quality procedures may lead to shortages," he said. "At Christmas the popular toys are difficult to get anyway."
Mather will now order an enquiry into the store's supplier base, said the Telegraph.