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Barcelona Becomes First Sports Club To Post Billion Dollar Revenue

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Barcelona Becomes First Sports Club To Post Billion Dollar Revenue

FC Barcelona announced it has become the first sports club to post annual revenues exceeding $1 billion.

La Liga champions Barcelona presented their annual accounts on Tuesday, showing earnings of $1.05 billion for the 2017/18 fiscal year, breaking its own income record for the fifth successive year and posting a profit for the eighth consecutive year.

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Barca said the rise in revenue was driven by increased income from television rights from the Champions League and the August 2017 sale of Brazilian forward Neymar to Paris St Germain for a record 222 million euros ($257 million) transfer fee.

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The club also announced a record budget of $1.105 billion for this season, which needs to be approved at a general assembly on Oct. 20.

The club added that its debt amounted to $181.3 million as of June 30.

“The extraordinary income from payment of Neymar Jr’s buyout clause has been compensated in next year’s budget through improved commercial and sponsorship revenue, media rights, exploitation of the stadium and transfer of players,” the club said in a statement.

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“This is the first time that revenue has surpassed $1bn, a huge step up from 2016/17.”

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Boeing Shares Continue To Slide As Countries Ground 737 MAX Planes

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Boeing Shares Continue To Slide As Countries Ground 737 MAX Planes

Boeing shares have continued to slide on Tuesday as a growing list of countries move to ground the aircraft manufacturer’s 737 MAX model jets after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday killing a hundred fifty-seven persons.

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Boeing’s stock price has fallen nearly twelve percent since the accident, erasing roughly twenty-eight billion dollars in value amid concerns the accident could have links to last October’s crash of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air. A hundred eighty-nine persons died in that one.

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Although experts warn that it’s too early to know what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash, both crashes occurred shortly after takeoff. Experts say, that suggests a possible connection.

Bloomberg reports the Boeing 737 is the best selling aircraft in history.  The MAX is its newest version, with more fuel-efficient engines.  It is also generates almost one-third of the airline maker’s operating profit.

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SA Banks Stop Supply Of US Dollars To Zimbabwe

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SA Banks Stop Supply Of US Dollar To Zimbabwe

South African banks have stopped supplying Zimbabwe with U.S Dollar notes saying they want to avoid risk. They cite Zimbabwe`s loss of a hundred correspondent banking relationships in the past few years because of the country`s high risk rating.

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South African banks have been the major sources of U.S dollars for Zimbabwe since 2009.

Zimbabwe Reserve Bank Director, William Wanimanzi says the development is a result of the country`s failure to follow proper dollarization procedures, signs of which he said are now catching up with the country`s fragile economy. He said the country is not officially dollarized because it does not have an agreement with the United States government to use its currency. He says this will make it difficult to take in cash into the economy.

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Zimbabwe Central Bank Abandons Quasi Dollar

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Zimbabwe Central Bank Abandons Quasi Dollar

Zimbabwe Central Bank has abandoned the quasi dollar it introduced in 2016.  The peg of one Zimbabwe dollar to one US dollar has not worked as the black market rate has been in the range of three and a half to four Zimbabwe dollars to one U.S. dollar.

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Economists say this move could lead to jitters in countries that hold the peg, including Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.

Zimbabwe has long been dealing with currency instability that in 2009, it introduced the US dollar, euro, and the South African rand as legal tenders it thought would stem the wild round of hyper-inflation.

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