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Bulgaria: Shortages Persist

Sofia, 18 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Despite yesterday's tripling of prices, fuel was still hard to find today in Bulgaria.

Our correspondent reports long queues of cars and trucks waited outside fuel stations overnight throughout the country. Even worse was the situation with bread supplies. Hundreds of people were lining up today in front of bakeries in the capital Sofia, where at places a limit of two loaves of bread per person had been introduced.

The only optimistic sign for Bulgaria's stricken economy was the relative stabilization of the national currency. Our correspondent says yesterday the lev managed to gain back some 10 percent of its value after its dramatic fall against the dollar was stopped at the end of last week.