Trading halted at Woolworths stores across Australia

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A NATIONAL technical outage halted trading at Woolworths stores, causing chaos for shoppers as their trolleys bank up and some stores closed.

A Woolworths spokeswoman told SBS News the temporary outage hit all its stores.

A Daily Mercury reporter at the scene said services had just been restored and customers were once again flowing through the registers.

Social media posts indicate stores impacted locally include Walkerston and Caneland Central.

"Registers are offline so customers are standing in queues with baskets of food that they can't buy", she said.

There were reports some supermarkets had since come back online.

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Shopper Sharni was among those asked to leave her groceries behind at the Hampton Park store in Melbourne.

UPDATE 5.10PM: WOOLWORTHS have responded to customer complaints confirming the national outage this afternoon. Staff said every register in every store nation wide has shut down.

The issue began affecting all registers across the country shortly after 4pm, leaving consumers with trolleys full of shopping but no way to pay.

A nationwide technical outage has left Woolworths supermarkets around the country unable to process any sales, with some closing their doors until the problem is resolved.

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.