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Retail prices of most food commodities monitored in various markets show a normal fluctuation over the past one month, which is an indication of normal functioning of markets across the country.
As per the latest report released by Nepal Rastra Bank, the year-on-year (y-o-y) inflation remained at 7.0 percent in mid-March 2012, while the price index of food & beverage increased only by 4.2 percent as compared to 17.3 percent in the same period last year.
Bandhs (shutdown strikes) that started from the end of April 2012 at both the local and national level have disrupted food supply, mainly in the hill and mountain markets. This will likely lead to a shortage of food and essential commodities, if it remains longer.