SAN JOSE, Calif.

— A baby department store in Cuba is selling out of clothes and other items that were on the shelves, but not for a long time.

The stores were selling out after a week, but the stock will probably last until April, the store manager said.

Cuba’s government and some private companies are trying to sell more products than the market is able to handle.

Its stores have been shuttered for months, and some residents of Havana and other cities in the Cuban diaspora have resorted to smuggling to buy goods.

It’s been a hard year for the Cuban economy, which has been struggling to meet food and medicine needs amid a severe food shortage, the United Nations has said.

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