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World Cup: U.S., England right on the money

June 24, 2010 |  5:48 am

South Africa figures to cash in on the victories by England and the U.S. on Wednesday. The wins sent both teams on to the second round, meaning more cash-laden visitors could be to the World Cup, and fans already here will likely extend their stays.

One tour company said nearly three-quarters of the English fans it was working with planned to stick around through the second round, and some Americans in Johannesburg were scrambling to change hotel and airline reservations Thursday.

According to figures released by Visa, during the first week of World Cup matches, spending by international visitors using Visa cards exceeded $129 million.

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg, South Africa

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