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SA wine production declines steeply — but global wine consumption is steady

SA wine production declines steeply — but global wine consumption is steady

24/04/2018 - 15:43
SA is set for a steep decline in wine production in 2018 as the country grapples with a water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas, a Paris-based global organisation said. read more
Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies

Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies

24/04/2018 - 08:45
With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, it’s time for these respective companies in the industry to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licenses were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the time to review lessons learned and make some strategic decisions where necessary.  read more
Inflation dip ‘no signal for rate cut’

Inflation dip ‘no signal for rate cut’

19/04/2018 - 12:04
Although the latest inflation figure is lower than was expected, indicating that consumers have had more spending power, analysts say another interest rate cut is unlikely. read more
Retail sales growth increases 4.9% in February, says Stats SA

Retail sales growth increases 4.9% in February, says Stats SA

19/04/2018 - 10:55
Retail sales growth increased 4.9% in February from the same month in 2017, Statistics SA reported.  read more
Inflation slows unexpectedly in March

Inflation slows unexpectedly in March

18/04/2018 - 11:50
Inflation slowed to 3.8% in March, surprising economists who had expected it to accelerate slightly from February’s 4%. read more
High red meat prices fuelled by inflation, says Stats SA

High red meat prices fuelled by inflation, says Stats SA

17/04/2018 - 15:16
Red meat prices in South Africa have increased at the highest rate of all food products year-on-year, despite a marked slowdown in food inflation, according to a statement by Statistics SA. read more
Manufacturing output drops in February

Manufacturing output drops in February

13/04/2018 - 08:25
SA’s manufacturing output growth decelerated sharply to 0.6% in February from 2.3% in January, dashing expectations of an uptick.  read more
China’s appetite for macadamias fuel SA industry

China’s appetite for macadamias fuel SA industry

11/04/2018 - 14:52
The demand for macadamia nuts in China is on the rise and has local farmers feeling optimistic. And for good reason. China has increased its nut consumption in recent years and is currently South Africa’s fastest growing importer, importing up to 40% of the total haul according to China’s National Industry Association (CSNC). read more
SME’s capitalising on ‘Cyril Spring’ by investing, taking more risks

SME’s capitalising on ‘Cyril Spring’ by investing, taking more risks

10/04/2018 - 14:04
It’s already shaping up to be an excellent year for the SME sector, despite South Africa’s recessionary state. This is, in part, owing to increased positivity in the sector since the appointment of President Cyril Ramaphosa.  read more
Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

09/04/2018 - 14:30
SA’s wheat import tariff has declined a hefty 45% to R394.85 per tonne, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday. read more
Upbeat PMI signals further improvement in the health of SA’s economy

Upbeat PMI signals further improvement in the health of SA’s economy

06/04/2018 - 08:28
Purchasing managers index (PMI) data from Standard Bank, which gauges activity in the entire economy, signalled a further improvement in the health of the South African private sector in March. read more
Retailers attempt to keep higher prices from consumers

Retailers attempt to keep higher prices from consumers

05/04/2018 - 08:09
Squeezed consumers re-arrange their budgets to accommodate the VAT hike. read more
Private sector credit growth picks up in February

Private sector credit growth picks up in February

04/04/2018 - 08:58
Private sector credit growth rose an annualised 5.74% in February, beating the market consensus of 5.5%, Reserve Bank data showed. read more
SA pomegranates feel the effects of drought

SA pomegranates feel the effects of drought

04/04/2018 - 08:21
Markets can expect smaller counts on South African pomegranates this season, with a concomitant drop of between 20 to 25% on export volumes. read more
SA trade balance swings back into surplus of R430m in February

SA trade balance swings back into surplus of R430m in February

03/04/2018 - 18:41
SA’s trade account recorded a surplus of R430m in February, while January’s deficit was revised downwards by R540m, to R27.12bn, data released by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) showed. read more
South African manufacturers turn gloomy again

South African manufacturers turn gloomy again

03/04/2018 - 18:34
After briefly turning optimistic in February, South African factory managers were back on the pessimistic side of the monthly manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI), Absa reported on Tuesday. read more
Easter spend trends 2018

Easter spend trends 2018

28/03/2018 - 09:06
As we fast approach Easter - the first holiday of the year, consumer spend is most likely going to be closely monitored by the retail and shopping centre industry. Renowned economist and speaker Daniel Silke said with regards to the looming Easter spend, there are contradictory forces at play.  read more
Confidence and optimism buoy SA’s agriculture

Confidence and optimism buoy SA’s agriculture

27/03/2018 - 09:32
Renewed optimism and agribusiness confidence is expected to shake off the adverse effects of policy and weather, says Agbiz’s Wandile Sihlobo. read more
Rob Davies calls for exemption on US tariffs

Rob Davies calls for exemption on US tariffs

26/03/2018 - 11:09
SA’s formal submissions ‘will involve a substantial amount of time and money, with no guarantee of success’. read more
Potato market sees an increase in sales

Potato market sees an increase in sales

23/03/2018 - 15:21
The local potato market has seen an increase in potato sales at fresh produce markets for the 2017 season.  read more
Analysts point to mixed signals for retail

Analysts point to mixed signals for retail

23/03/2018 - 08:50
While retail sales are expected to remain firm in the coming months, consumers will be more subdued than they were in the second half of 2017 when exceptionally strong spending was recorded, analysts said on Thursday. read more
Positive inflation surprise raises hope of a rate cut

Positive inflation surprise raises hope of a rate cut

20/03/2018 - 14:30
Consumer inflation slowed to 4% in February — from 4.4% in January, and beating economists’ consensus of 4.2%. read more
Growth predicted for South African avocado industry

Growth predicted for South African avocado industry

20/03/2018 - 08:58
The South African avocado industry is looking forward to a good year, as steadily increasing demand from both the local and international markets seems to hold. read more
Consumers continue their festive-season spend trend in January

Consumers continue their festive-season spend trend in January

16/03/2018 - 13:55
For the first time in five years, consumer spending in January grew at the same pace as during the festive season, signifying economic recovery. read more
Retail sales volumes highest in six years

Retail sales volumes highest in six years

15/03/2018 - 10:42
The discretionary spending power of consumers is slowly returning as inflation slows and the rand strengthens.  read more
Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

13/03/2018 - 15:32
Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December’s figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published. read more
Direct selling sector ticks some key budget boxes

Direct selling sector ticks some key budget boxes

13/03/2018 - 09:47
In delivering the budget, the finance minister played the best of a bad hand, but the ace was his focus on the critical role that small businesses and entrepreneurs need to play in facilitating growth by creating income opportunities. read more
New economic zones are no cure-all for manufacturing

New economic zones are no cure-all for manufacturing

12/03/2018 - 09:15
The approval of six special economic zones (SEZs) in the 2018 budget has been welcomed, but some industry players warn they are not a panacea to restore manufacturing to its rightful place in the economy.  read more
Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

08/03/2018 - 14:09
The drought has halted economic growth in the Western Cape‚ finance MEC Ivan Meyer said in his budget speech. read more
Franchising sector ready to lend a hand

Franchising sector ready to lend a hand

08/03/2018 - 10:09
The SONA speech by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his commitment to supporting small business and entrepreneurship has been welcomed by Tony Da Fonseca, the Franchise Association of South Africa’s Chairman, who in 2017 had already met with the chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade & Industry to pave the way for greater co-operation between government and the franchise sector.  read more
Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

07/03/2018 - 15:34
Research conducted into the economic impact of the drought on agriculture has revealed that the sector will take a higher than anticipated economic knock‚ says Western Cape minister of economic opportunities‚ Alan Winde. read more
Resurgent retailers sprint into Top 40

Resurgent retailers sprint into Top 40

06/03/2018 - 12:43
Retail stocks are once again making their presence felt on the JSE, having gained substantially on the momentum created by Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascent to the presidency. read more
After vocal protests against VAT hike, more foods could be zero-rated to help poor

After vocal protests against VAT hike, more foods could be zero-rated to help poor

05/03/2018 - 19:20
The Cabinet is considering expanding the list of zero-rated foodstuffs under value-added tax (VAT) in order to mitigate the effect on the poor of the one percentage point increase in the VAT rate, announced in the budget. read more
Cape merger to create agriculture powerhouse

Cape merger to create agriculture powerhouse

02/03/2018 - 10:13
A new agribusiness powerhouse is heading for listing on the JSE after proposals by Western Cape-based Overberg Agri and Acorn Agri to merge. read more
PPI moderates slightly in January

PPI moderates slightly in January

01/03/2018 - 10:25
Farm and factory gate inflation, as measured by the annual change in the producer price index (PPI), decelerated slightly to 5.1% in January from 5.2% in December. read more
Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018

Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018

28/02/2018 - 13:32
Farmers are likely to harvest a smaller maize crop in 2018, thanks to lower grain prices that came as a result of a bumper harvest in 2017. read more
Pro retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

Pro retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

27/02/2018 - 14:47
South African retailers have embraced a considered approach to digitalisation, innovation, and technology adoption to load their arsenal against the fiscal onslaught of a wounded economy.  read more
Higher growth projected for SA economy

Higher growth projected for SA economy

27/02/2018 - 09:59
With an improved economic outlook, South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to come in at 1% in 2018, up from the 0.7% projected last year, said Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. read more
Why analysts expect a rate cut in March

Why analysts expect a rate cut in March

27/02/2018 - 08:55
Economists are in agreement that an interest rate cut is almost a certainty, citing lower inflation, a stronger currency, and greater political certainty.  read more
SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

22/02/2018 - 15:00
Food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation has been on a downward trend since mid-2017, following a robust output from the agricultural sector. In January 2018, food inflation further decelerated to 4.5% year-on-year (y/y), which is the lowest level in more than two years. With that said, the food basket remains mixed.  read more
Ramaphosa's 10-point plan to revive SA's economy

Ramaphosa's 10-point plan to revive SA's economy

21/02/2018 - 09:02
President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the recovery plan to set South Africa on a new growth path, which involves forming a social pact with different social partners. read more
The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

20/02/2018 - 13:54
Agriservices specialist Kaap Agri — which has a strong retail offering — expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year to end September 2018. read more
How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

15/02/2018 - 16:43
Nationally small businesses are now being advised to prepare for future water scarcity. With small to medium sized businesses contributing over 65% of South Africa’s employment and 50% of the country’s GDP, their survival is essential to the economy.  read more
Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

15/02/2018 - 09:19
Once a very small-volumed crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. read more
SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

13/02/2018 - 08:37
SA’s bulk export volumes shot up 88.8% year on year in January 2018 to a record 25.4-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed. read more
Rain boosts kiwi harvest

Rain boosts kiwi harvest

12/02/2018 - 10:55
South Africa is dealing with a lot of drought-stricken regions but there is some good news. In the Natal Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, there are farmers who say they’re having a fantastic rainy season, even if this January has been a bit on the dry side. read more
Retail spending up in December on stronger rand, says Mastercard

Retail spending up in December on stronger rand, says Mastercard

12/02/2018 - 09:56
Retail spending grew 3.8% in December on the back of the stronger rand and lower inflation, according to Mastercard. read more
December manufacturing output up 2%

December manufacturing output up 2%

08/02/2018 - 15:54
Manufacturing production grew 2% in December, matching economists’ consensus. This marked an acceleration from November’s 1.7%, Statistics SA reported. read more
Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

08/02/2018 - 10:16
Cape Town’s water crisis is likely to have far-reaching consequences, not only on the local economy but on the national GDP. The water crisis threatens further downgrades from ratings agencies, hampering much-needed investment, economists have warned. read more
Business confidence hits 2.5 year high in January

Business confidence hits 2.5 year high in January

06/02/2018 - 13:31
The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says there is the expectation that the new ANC leadership will lead to more pragmatic business and economic policy options. read more
Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

05/02/2018 - 13:34
A single bag of frozen chicken can consist of pieces from as many as five different countries, which is not only confusing for consumers but can have serious health implications. read more
Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden

Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden

05/02/2018 - 11:12
Average middle-income earners spend 28% of their salary on food, so the stable inflation environment will bring much-needed relief at the till, say, economists, who have noted slight improvements in the prices of staples such as bread and cereal. read more
Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

05/02/2018 - 08:32
Western Cape farmers have recorded R14bn in losses so far, as a result of the crippling drought in the province, according to Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman.  read more
SA consumers mark longest pessimistic streak in more than three decades

SA consumers mark longest pessimistic streak in more than three decades

31/01/2018 - 11:59
South African consumers have remained pessimistic for the past three years, a First National Bank sponsored survey released on Wednesday morning showed. read more
SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

31/01/2018 - 10:40
"Food inflation for December 2017 was in line with our expectation at 4.9% Y/Y, from 5.2% in November 2017. This is reflective of the current lower agricultural commodity prices, which in turn, have been pressured by a large harvest from the 2016/17 production season. We expect this trend to persist in the short term cushioned by the relatively large stock from the previous season, despite the fears of dryness in the western parts of the country" - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Agribusiness Intelligence  read more
SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

30/01/2018 - 15:43
Because the economy will suffer, we run the risk of a downgrade from the ratings agencies. read more
Boost for blueberry industry

Boost for blueberry industry

29/01/2018 - 16:51
Migiva Group and OZblu have signed a joint venture agreement combining their skills and strengths to form OZblu America, which will bring to market what they call a superior blueberry offering. read more
South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3-million tonnes

South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3-million tonnes

26/01/2018 - 14:03
South African steel production rose by 2.6% in 2017 to an estimated 6.301-million tonnes after falling by 4.2% in 2016, according to the World Steel Association. read more
Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

25/01/2018 - 09:45
The record 2017/18 marketing season is something of the past and the focus is now on the season ahead. Initially, before the optimal planting window for summer crops commenced in most parts of the country, widespread rain occurred, and it seemed as if it would again be a top season. However, the season took a different turn and the rain remained elusive for long periods, which delayed the planting process.  read more
Consumer inflation stabilises despite leap in fuel prices

Consumer inflation stabilises despite leap in fuel prices

24/01/2018 - 13:19
Consumer inflation edged up as expected in December, as a hefty fuel price increase of 70c a litre took a chunk out of consumers’ wallets but was counterbalanced by lower inflation elsewhere, including food.  read more
Drought challenges fruit industry

Drought challenges fruit industry

22/01/2018 - 11:12
Western Cape fruit farmers and rural communities are under tremendous socio-economic pressure due to the crippling drought, according to the deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro.  read more
Clothing sector to unzip retail sales growth

Clothing sector to unzip retail sales growth

22/01/2018 - 10:14
Analysts are upbeat about the clothing-retail sector’s outlook for 2018 even though some struggled to lift volumes significantly on Black Friday and during the festive season. read more
The Block&Coin Summit - heralding the new economy in Africa

The Block&Coin Summit - heralding the new economy in Africa

18/01/2018 - 13:16
The recent roller-coaster bitcoin price has moved the topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from geeky chat rooms to boardrooms and dining room tables.  read more
Milk price hits four-year high

Milk price hits four-year high

18/01/2018 - 09:08
The producer price for milk reached R5,10/ℓ to R5,20/ℓ in December, its highest level since 2014, according to the Milk Producer’s Organisation (MPO). read more
Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

17/01/2018 - 15:00
Black Friday boosted November 2017’s retail sales to 8.2% — double the annual growth expected by economists. read more
SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

12/01/2018 - 13:46
SA’s bulk export volumes increased by 4.9% in 2017 to a new record of 171.3-million tonnes, after falling by 2.8% in 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Wednesday. read more
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

11/01/2018 - 14:06
SA’s manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists’ consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported on Thursday. read more
SA’s reserves show slight increase in December

SA’s reserves show slight increase in December

09/01/2018 - 08:33
SA’s gross reserves amounted to $50.7bn in December, an 0.84% increase from November’s $50.3bn, the South African Reserve Bank reported on Monday morning.  read more
SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

08/01/2018 - 10:23
SA, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts have said. read more
Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

05/01/2018 - 10:45
The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket this season caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather. read more
Private sector’s appetite for credit picks up

Private sector’s appetite for credit picks up

04/01/2018 - 09:15
The private sector’s appetite for credit grew faster than expected in November, the Reserve Bank reported on Friday morning. read more
SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

03/01/2018 - 11:40
SA recorded a trade surplus of R13.02bn in November, much higher than the consensus of R1.3bn, and a Trading Economics forecast of R4.65bn. read more
SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

19/12/2017 - 16:06
More than R97-million worth of fake clothing was seized by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in its crackdown against illegal clothing and textile imports this year. read more
Producer inflation accelerates unexpectedly in November

Producer inflation accelerates unexpectedly in November

15/12/2017 - 15:00
Farm and factory gate inflation, as measured by the annual change in the producer price index (PPI), rose to 5.1% in November from 5% in October, surprising economists who had expected it to fall slightly.  read more
Retail sector set to grow amid benign inflation, say analysts

Retail sector set to grow amid benign inflation, say analysts

15/12/2017 - 08:58
Retail sales softened slightly in October as consumers held back in anticipation of Black Friday bargains in November. read more
Retail sales far lower in October than analysts expected

Retail sales far lower in October than analysts expected

14/12/2017 - 11:19
The retail sector did not do as well as expected in October but still signalled stronger economic growth at the start of the fourth quarter.  read more
Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

12/12/2017 - 14:44
Manufacturing production got the final quarter of a tough 2017 off to a good start, as expected, posting growth of 2.2% for October from a year earlier, after a revised 1.7% year-on-year contraction in September. read more
Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

11/12/2017 - 11:52
The South African wine industry, which is reeling because of the severe drought in the Western Cape, is bracing itself for what might be the smallest harvest in more than a decade. read more
Egg price expected to rise 20%

Egg price expected to rise 20%

08/12/2017 - 10:41
South African consumers should brace themselves for a steep hike in the price of eggs, according to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB Business.  read more
Mining sector records exceptionally strong growth in October after September’s contraction

Mining sector records exceptionally strong growth in October after September’s contraction

07/12/2017 - 13:59
The mining sector recorded exceptionally strong growth in October after a contraction in September, indicating a strong beginning to the fourth quarter. read more
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

06/12/2017 - 10:41
A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year.  read more
Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

05/12/2017 - 10:27
Despite the Absa purchasing managers’ index (PMI) spending six months in contractionary territory, the Manufacturing Circle is adamant that manufacturing is SA’s greatest opportunity for job-rich growth. read more
‘Sugar tax’ is adopted by Treasury without amendment

‘Sugar tax’ is adopted by Treasury without amendment

01/12/2017 - 15:41
The National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) select committee on finance has adopted the bill which includes a provision for the health promotion levy — or sugar tax — without amendment. read more
SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

01/12/2017 - 09:52
Contrary to expectations, SA recorded another monthly trade account surplus in October. read more
Producer inflation eases, as food inflation nears zero

Producer inflation eases, as food inflation nears zero

30/11/2017 - 14:02
Producer price inflation moderated slightly in October, as expected, after accelerating faster than expected in September. read more
No end in sight to decline in business confidence

No end in sight to decline in business confidence

29/11/2017 - 10:13
Business confidence has remained worryingly low in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Friday’s credit rating downgrade will see it take a further knock. read more
 Franchises can still cash in, despite turbulent times

Franchises can still cash in, despite turbulent times

23/11/2017 - 09:12
Despite South Africa’s tough economic conditions, franchising businesses are still flourishing. read more
Consumer inflation slows again, after two months of increases

Consumer inflation slows again, after two months of increases

22/11/2017 - 11:56
Consumer inflation dipped as expected in October, thanks in part to smaller fuel price increases and a continued moderation of food inflation. read more
Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

21/11/2017 - 13:14
Recently listed farming community retailer Kaap Agri has managed to keep the profit taps open despite a water-shortage crisis afflicting areas in its Western Cape heartland. read more
Reserve Bank’s leading indicator rises in September

Reserve Bank’s leading indicator rises in September

21/11/2017 - 10:16
The Reserve Bank’s composite leading business cycle indicator increased slightly in September‚ to 98.4 from 97.2 in August. read more
Helping SA’s SMEs gear up for the summer season

Helping SA’s SMEs gear up for the summer season

17/11/2017 - 13:33
South Africa’s economy is not faring well. The country’s GDP declined 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017. Second-quarter data for 2017 shows year-on-year GDP growth was 1.1%, and for the six months growth has remained at 1.1%.  read more
Festive retail sales may help give GDP a boost

Festive retail sales may help give GDP a boost

16/11/2017 - 13:53
The retail sector is set to make a positive contribution to third-quarter GDP as retailers adapt to the difficult economic conditions and as they look forward to the festive season for relief. read more
Retail sector offers good news for third-quarter economic growth

Retail sector offers good news for third-quarter economic growth

15/11/2017 - 14:15
In good news for third-quarter economic growth, the retail sector did better than expected in September. read more
Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

13/11/2017 - 12:05
Tongaat Hulett, SA’s largest sugar producer, is starting to see the positive effects of the end of a devastating drought that hit its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. read more
Inflation may slow retail sales

Inflation may slow retail sales

13/11/2017 - 09:01
Retail sales are projected to contribute positively to third-quarter economic growth despite a slight moderation in September as the spotlight falls on consumption this week. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

10/11/2017 - 09:05
South Africa’s bulk export volumes soared by 30.7% year on year in October to a new record of 16.7-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. The previous record of 16.4-million tonnes was set in January 2015. read more
Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

09/11/2017 - 14:37
The 2017/18 table grape crop will likely be marginally above the 5-year average of about 57.9 million cartons, according to the SA Table Grape Industry (Sati). read more
 SA's $14bn question as junk downgrade looms

SA's $14bn question as junk downgrade looms

08/11/2017 - 14:02
Wall Street and other global banks say it’s a question of when, not if, South Africa loses investment grade status on its local-currency ratings. The bigger question is how much damage that would cause.  read more
State of business worsens in October, but less so than in September

State of business worsens in October, but less so than in September

08/11/2017 - 10:41
Business conditions in SA have continued to deteriorate, given the weak economic climate. read more
No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

07/11/2017 - 09:28
Clothing retailers are likely to see single-digit growth in future as low sales, worsened by weak economic growth and international competitors entering the market, continue to put the sector under pressure. read more