A record US$21.2 million was allotted to 164 bidders in the main auction and 84 bidders in the Small and Medium Enterprises market.
The money allotted to small business exceeded one million dollars for the first time. This was the seventh auction for SMEs.
As has been the trend, raw materials, machinery and equipment gobbled more than half of the money allotted, taking US$12.1 million of the US$21.2 million.
Ironically, the Old Mutual Implied Rate fell to $129.89 its lowest rate for this year raising a lot of question why this is so.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa said at the weekend that the government had cracked down on Ecocash after discovering that it had created $8.4 billion in phantom money which was fuelling the black market as well as inflation.
At today’s auction the highest rate offered at the main market was $88 and at the SME auction $86.50.
The lowest rate offered at both markets was $75 which was also the lowest rate accepted leaving room for the Zimbabwe dollar to appreciate against the greenback at the next auction.