Thursday, March 26, 2009

Amazing what a little Economic freedom does in Zimbabwe.

I came across this today. Zimbabwe still has a long way to go, but at least stores have food now.

Goods reappear in Zimbabwe shops

HARARE (AFP) — A man whistles as he picks groceries from the shelves of a supermarket in Zimbabwe's capital. Another shopper, spoilt for choice, compares cooking oil bottles while queues form at the tills.

In Zimbabwe, these were simple and almost forgotten luxuries.

For more than a year, supermarket shelves were bare and shops resembled empty warehouses as the country reeled under an economic crisis that turned sugar and the staple corn meal into rare commodities.

Now shops are stocking up again, after the government in January agreed to allow retailers to conduct business in foreign currency.

The government has even stopped printing Zimbabwe dollars, which it once churned out in trillion-dollar denominations that quickly became worthless under inflation that independent economists estimated in the quadrillions. (More)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yet another form of printing money.

The sadest part or this artical is the last sentance.  

CNN Reports.

Gramley said worrying about inflation now is like worrying about causing water damage when considering whether to spray a hose on a burning house. (Whole)

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