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Egypt's Currency Cure by Stealth Triggers Shortages of Luxury Goods

Shortages of some consumer goods are becoming common in Egypt as import rules bite

A customer selects Egyptian currency coins at the Al-Manhal market in the Nasr city district of Cairo, Egypt. 

A customer selects Egyptian currency coins at the Al-Manhal market in the Nasr city district of Cairo, Egypt. 

Photographer: Islam Safwat/Bloomberg

Egyptians are finding some consumer goods increasingly hard to come by, as attempts to buffer the currency ripple across the $400 billion economy that’s running short on dollars.

Although basic commodities are freely available, shortages in more luxurious products -- ranging from summer clothes to imported cars -- are becoming common. Choices for customers have dwindled at fast fashion groups like Mango, Zara and H&M. 

When it comes to food imports, some brands of breakfast cereals, chips and beef hot dogs to varieties of pesto sauce and lasagna can go out of stock or prove difficult to find, shoppers contacted by Bloomberg said.