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With nothing to sell, Vietnam gas stations start to close

Deliveries fail to arrive, disrupting life in a nation that relies on motorbikes

Tens of millions of Vietnamese depend on motorbikes to get to work and school, but many drivers in Ho Chi Minh City are now having trouble finding gas.   © Vietnam News Agency

HANOI -- Gasoline stations in and around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's economic engine, are being forced to suspend operations due to shortages of the fuel.

A tangle of reactions to a constrained petroleum market -- including government price controls and distributors' decreasing profits -- has worsened the matter, increasing the burden on domestic refineries.

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