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Africa in pictures: Retail

Palm oil in a market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Photo by BBC News website reader Kenny Mathai)

Kenny Mathai's photo of palm oil for sale in a market in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan is the first in a series of shots showing retail in Africa sent in by BBC News website readers.

Store mannequins in a shop in a market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Photo by BBC News website reader Anne Fairlie)

Smiling mannequins hung up in an Addis Ababa market are captured in Anne Fairlie's picture on her visit to Ethiopia.

Shoe salesman at a roadside stall in southern Africa (Photo by BBC News website reader Ferna Lawson)

On her journey through Zambia and Malawi, Ferna Lawson took this shot of a roadside stall where shoes were being cleaned before being put up for sale.

A grocery store in DR Congo (Photo by BBC News website reader Joanne Leung)

Joanne Leung says she loves the colours in this photograph she sent in of a grocery shop in a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

A shopkeeper in Mozambique (Photo by BBC News website reader Erin Graves)

The woman working at this store in Mozambique told Erin Graves, who took the shot, that she was tired and wanted to go home.

A woman at Zanzibar's fish market (Photo by BBC News website reader Camilo Serrano)

In Camilo Serrano's photograph, a woman wearing a burka buys fish and squid at the fish market in Zanzibar, which he says is possibly the oldest market in Tanzania.

Bags of powdered paint in Morocco (Photo by BBC News website reader Katelyn Love)

In the old city of Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco, Katelyn Love took this shot of powered paints for sale.

A woman poses in front of kente cloth for sale in Ghana (Photo by BBC News website reader Daniel Price)

Daniel Price sent in this picture of a woman selling Ghana's colourful kente cloth at this year's Kente Festival in the capital, Accra.

Malawian vendors selling goods to travellers on a bus (Photo by BBC News website reader Jakub Chelminski)

On a journey from Blantyre to Lilongwe in Malawi, Jakub Chelminski captured this shot of shopping from a bus.

A market vendor holding up a small hat in a Lesotho market in the capital, Maseru (Photo by BBC News website reader Spencer Millsap)

Further south in Lesotho, Spencer Millsap photographed a salesman at work explaining the meaning of a local Lesotho hat to prospective buyers at a market in downtown Maseru.

A market in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (Photo by BBC News website reader Rebecca Lightfoot)

And in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia, Rebecca Lightfoot took this photograph of shoppers at a food market. For a future gallery, please send in images of fire in Africa.



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