‘Through the roof’: Retailer flies in thousands of face masks as demand rockets

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Retail giant Wesfarmers has been forced to fly in hundreds of thousands of face masks as sales rocket at its hardware chain Bunnings after thick smoke haze blanketed capital cities.

Wesfarmers, which also owns safety wear seller Blackwoods, has said demand for face masks and respirators has been “through the roof”.

Donated face masks being loaded on to a Qantas plane at Los Angeles airport. The plane arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday ahead of deteriorating weather conditions forecast for Friday.

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Chief executive Rob Scott told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald the company had been forced to fly in additional stock from overseas suppliers from Europe, US and China to keep up with demand from inner-city shoppers and people in bushfire-affected regions.

“Blackwoods had orders for many hundred thousand respirators and there simply aren’t that many lying around, so we’ve had to air freight product in from offshore to keep up with demand,” Mr Scott said.

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