WIPED OUT: Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government of Venezuela says it will import 50 million rolls of toilet paper to boost supplies.
BOTTOM LINE: Economists say Venezuela's shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and government controls on foreign currency.
INTESTINAL FORTITUDE: Last month Venezuela's scarcity index reached its highest level since 2009, while the 12-month inflation rate has risen to nearly 30 percent. Shoppers often spend days looking for basic items and stock up when they find them.
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