In reversal, Cuba shuts down clothing businesses

Clients look for clothes in privately-owned stalls in Havana, on October 4, 2013. Cuban Labor Vice Minister Marta Elena Feito said Tuesday that the private traders who sell imported goods will be fined.

In Cuba, the government is about to shut down as many as 20,ooo businesses that sell clothing. The businesses hold licenses to do tailoring and dressmaking -- not retail -- and compete with the Cuban government's official retail operations. This marks a reversal of sorts for the communist government's campaign to let small enterprise flourish. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Havana tells Marketplace Morning Report why.


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