Dhaka, March 17 -- Shahabuddin Ahmed left Shah Ali Plaza in Mirpur without any purchases despite his plans to buy clothes for his children.

"The prices were prohibitively expensive for my budget. I'll consider returning later if it becomes feasible," the middle-aged man said.

"Everything seems expensive these days. It's hard to balance necessities with luxuries during Ramadan, especially when there's also a need for quality food."

Traders also acknowledged the impact of rising prices on their business.

They mentioned that they have to raise prices to cover their costs of living and business, leading to a downturn in sales.

Nazrul Islam, a shop owner, expressed concern over the lack of customers despite offering a variety of stylish c...