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News Summary: Ferguson key in Man U's business

The Associated Press

OFF-FIELD CONCERNS: The announcement Wednesday that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will retire has raised concerns not only over the club's dominance of English football but also about its financial future.

SHARES STUMBLE: The news knocked Manchester United's share price — testament to the important role Ferguson has played in driving both the club's financial and sporting success.

LIFE AFTER FERGIE? Nonetheless, analysts expect continuing success for Manchester United on and off the field. Randal J Konik, an equities analyst at Jeffries International, said Manchester United "has wisely been planning and preparing for the eventual retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson."