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NFL Jerseys Hot Sell - Venezuela's currency woes an increasing threat to U.S. corporate profitsByReuters Published: 17:17 GMT, 24 January 2015 | Updated: 17:17 GMT, 24 January 2015 By Tim McLaughlin and Svea Herbst-BaylissJan 24 (Reuters) - Venezuela's deepening economic troubles,and in particular the weakness of the bolivar and restrictivecurrency controls, have hurt U.S. corporate profits for NFL Jerseys Hot Sell thefourth quarter of 2014 and are set to inflict further pain thisyear.In a likely sign of things to come from a number ofcompanies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co onFriday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million forits Venezuela business. 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