Woolworths supermarkets hit by IT outage

Workers can be seen on a building site behind a Woolworths Ltd supermarket Australia's biggest grocery chain by sales located in Sydney Australia

Woolworths has not yet confirmed the exact cause of the problems.

A Woolworths spokeswoman told SBS News the temporary outage hit all its stores. Others said stores were being closed and that they were being turned away.

Social media posts indicate stores impacted locally include Walkerston and Caneland Central. "We were all queued up at the checkout and we were told to leave due to a power outage and I just spent an hour doing my groceries", she said.

According to multiple reports, Woolworths supermarkets around Australia are experiencing a technical issue that prevents them from processing any transactions.

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A nationwide technical glitch forced Woolworths to halt trading this afternoon, with shutters coming down on stores across Australia.

Woolworth's haven't made a statement yet, but they are replying to tweets explaining that registers "are now back online in all of our stores". The registers are now back online in all our stores.

The supermarket giant has taken to Twitter to confirm the IT issue has since been resolved. "We apologise for any inconvenience caused".

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.

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