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Crisis-hit Venezuela forces stores to hold Christmas sales

More than 200 retail stores in Caracas have been forced to hold Christmas sales; most storefronts carry signs advertising "Sundde sales" or a "30 per cent Sundde discount".


EVER since Venezuelan government agents put up a giant "Sale" sign in his storefront, crowds have been lining up outside Juan Vieira's shoe shop.

But he's having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. "What good is it to sell shoes if I'm giving away my product?"...

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