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Shoppers Find Empty Shelves After Venezuela Orders Discounts

  • Business leaders say stores are unable to restock shelves
  • Authorities say inspections and price cuts will continue
A customer passes an empty meat counter at a grocery store in Caracas, on Jan. 9. 

A customer passes an empty meat counter at a grocery store in Caracas, on Jan. 9. 

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Finding basic items in crisis-torn Venezuela has just gotten a lot harder.

Hordes of desperate shoppers emptied supermarkets and bodegas last week after President Nicolas Maduro ordered hundreds of grocery stores slash their prices in the latest attempt to put a lid on hyperinflation. On Wednesday, store shelves remained painfully bare across the capital, Caracas, with many doubting they would be restocked anytime soon.