Hema in the red, won't make Sint deliveries on time

Dutch department store HEMA has warned consumers that all products ordered online after November 27 might not be delivered on time for Sinterklaas this year. The retail store made headlines earlier today when news broke of the company's financial loss in the third quarter of this fiscal year, amounting to 14.8 million euro.

"Online purchases had increased by two-thirds over the last year, a growth greatly exceeding our expectations" said HEMA spokesperson.

HEMA can not estimate the current expected lead time for the backlog of orders to be delivered. The spokesman does however state that photo-gifts and pastries are not included in the delay, and will be delivered on time.