Store shelves were empty across the UK over the weekend.

Against the backdrop of the supply crisis, one in three Britons began to stock up Christmas supplies ahead of time, and one in six said that they could not buy basic foodstuffs.
The excitement was caused by problems with the supply of gas to the country, as well as the closure of some gas stations in the UK due to a lack of truck drivers.

The Bank of England said inflation will temporarily exceed 4% for the first time in a decade later this year, mainly
due to energy and commodity prices. Six energy providers ceased operations this month, causing nearly 1.5 million customers to see billing increases.
Business secretary Kwasi Quarteng told parliament that the government will not help bankrupt energy companies and will not offer grants or subsidies to larger energy companies, Reuters.


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