Woolworths hit by nationwide technical outage

A nationwide technical outage has shut down Woolworths registers forcing stores to close their doors

Supermarket giant Woolworths has confirmed that an IT outage has caused stores to close across the country.

ZDNet understands the glitch didn't make its way to all stores, however, with some operating as usual.

UPDATE 5.10PM: WOOLWORTHS have responded to customer complaints confirming the national outage this afternoon.

At Haymarket, in Sydney, staff shut the store and were turning people away, telling them to "come back in about an hour". "We apologise for any inconvenience caused". "Thanks", the reply to many reads.

Signs have been put up at a number of Woolworths stores apologising for the problem, which has been described as a "system fault".

A national technical outage brought sales to a standstill at the busy Mackay city store this afternoon.

Social media posts have revealed shoppers are banked up in stores with their trolleys, unable to move.

Shortly after 4pm, the issue began affecting all registers across the country.

Woolworths has close to 1000 stores in Australia, though it's not known how many stores were affected.

It's unclear how wide-spread the issue was, though by social media it's clear that Victoria, NSW and Queensland were affected.

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