Hyperinflation, which has led to consumptive spending, proved a major boost for African Distillers which saw its sales almost quadruple from $4.3 billion last year to $16.5 billion during the year ended June.
First it was Nigerians claiming to be sons, daughters or spouses of oil magnates or overthrown dictators.
The price of maize at Mbare Musika had gone up by more than 400 percent between mid-May and mid-October, according to the latest report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, but it had only increased by 61 percent in US dollar terms.
Coal production at Wankie was down by 50 percent in the first half of this year because of the shortage of maintenance spare parts and major components for the coal mining and processing equipment.
The government has increased the producer price of wheat from $400 000 a tonne to $776 205 a tonne but farmers have said the price increase came too late.
Gold mining group, Rio Tinto Zimbabwe, says the failure by the government to review the exchange rate of the Zimbabwe dollar on 1 June as had been promised by the Minister of Finance Herbert Murerwa in his Economic Recovery Plan in February, had resulted in a loss of confidence among the exporters.