Continuing problems with distributor EUK meant that U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi did not have stock of major new albums by Britney Spears and Take That on the day both sets were released.

As previously reported, EUK is in administration but still trading along with the Woolworths retail chain of 815 stores. Woolworths Group is not in administration.

Spears' "Circus" (Jive/Sony BMG) was released today (Dec. 1) along with Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor). The revived boy band's set is likely to be among the major sellers this Christmas.

However, as one of EUK's customers, Zavvi has struggled to get stock in for the first day sale of both albums. Staff at the chain's flagship Oxford Street store were forced to rack up copies of Take That's greatest hits "Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection" (Sony BMG) on its chart wall.

"To ensure stock of new release titles such as 'Hancock' on DVD and Take That's new CD 'The Circus' and replenishment of chart titles, Zavvi is in the short term dealing direct with the relevant suppliers," said a statement from Zavvi.

Other EUK customers including Asda have already made alternative arrangements. A spokeswoman for Zavvi said both albums would be in stock by Tuesday (Dec. 2), adding that the week's major DVD releases were available today.

The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) was hopeful that EUK would be delivering stock today, after it stopped making deliveries or taking orders last Wednesday (Nov. 26) when the company went into administration.

Universal Music Group and Sony BMG did not comment.