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>> Business in Zimbabwe is already tough. The economy is at risk of falling apart. But for James Mutero it's got a lot worse. His shop was one of those hit by looters this week and the damage could be critical.>> The value of the stock that we lost
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we need to pay the console, we need to pay the suppliers themselves.>> James isn't the only one who will have a tough time replenishing his shelves this month. Around $480 million are owed by Zimbabwean businesses to foreign suppliers. And with a national cash shortage, some face the real risk of closing down.
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Which we, I'm sure by the look of the shelves you can easily tell that most of the stocks were looted.>> To repair and replace the goods will cost James around half a million US dollars. In a country already suffering from a dollar shortage. Inflation here has hit 42%, the highest for a decade.
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A lack of fuel, and a massive increase in cost has led to violent protests, and now, looting. In James' store, tills and computers were destroyed alongside the stolen groceries and meat.>> Despite the huge loss, was right now we are not treading, but we need to pay our salaries.
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We need to pay