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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
Food prices slump but are still more than 2% higher than a year ago

Food prices slump but are still more than 2% higher than a year ago

02/11/2017 - 14:50
World food prices fell slightly in October from the previous month, as valuations dropped for all food commodities apart from cereals, the UN food agency said on Thursday. read more
What bird flu has to do with the price of eggs

What bird flu has to do with the price of eggs

31/10/2017 - 10:07
The humble egg could be about to make a dent in the multimillion-rand hospitality industry. With the holiday season on the doorstep‚ tourists might have to fork out more for their meals – especially breakfast. read more
 Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

30/10/2017 - 14:11
The world may produce the least wine this year in half a century, after small grape harvests in Italy, France, and Spain, a global wine organisation said. That could mean higher prices for bulk and entry-level wines.  read more
Credit extension growth slows in September

Credit extension growth slows in September

30/10/2017 - 10:57
Private sector credit growth moderated in September, reflecting sluggish economic growth. read more
Fitch sceptical SA can return to fiscal health

Fitch sceptical SA can return to fiscal health

27/10/2017 - 10:42
Fitch, the first credit-ratings agency to issue an opinion on Wednesday’s medium-term budget statement, expressed strong scepticism on Thursday that SA could return to a path of fiscal consolidation, raising fear of a downgrade even before the ANC’s elective conference. read more
Producer inflation springs an unpleasant surprise

Producer inflation springs an unpleasant surprise

26/10/2017 - 16:17
Producer prices accelerated even faster than expected in September, adding to the growing expectation that the Reserve Bank will not cut interest rates when it meets in November. read more
Budget speech commentary for SME sector: Crisis in credibility

Budget speech commentary for SME sector: Crisis in credibility

25/10/2017 - 10:00
Today’s budget speech has been sorely lacking and the SME sector will be feeling disappointed about the absence of any real plans to improve support for this critical sector. Karl Westvig, CEO of Retail Capital has the following commentary:  read more
SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

25/10/2017 - 09:20
SA has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. read more
South African steel production rises 9.9%

South African steel production rises 9.9%

24/10/2017 - 10:25
SA’s steel production grew 9.9% year on year in September to 556,000 tonnes, after surging by 24.4% in August, and following July’s 6.3% decline and June’s 15.9% plunge, according to the World Steel Association. read more
How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

23/10/2017 - 09:12
A structural approach and strategic business model could see South Africa’s honey industry turnover reach R20bn, according to experts.  read more
SMEs need supportive policies and finance solutions to reduce SA’s unemployment

SMEs need supportive policies and finance solutions to reduce SA’s unemployment

20/10/2017 - 10:14
Ahead of the mid-term budget speech later this month many will be hoping for improved SME financing and legislative support. Small business owners and entrepreneurs have a significant role to play in combating unemployment in South Africa, making the sector integral to our development and economic growth mandate.  read more
Rise in retail sales points to pick-up in third-quarter economic growth

Rise in retail sales points to pick-up in third-quarter economic growth

18/10/2017 - 15:13
The retail sector did better than expected in August, signalling stronger economic growth in the third quarter. Retail trade sales rose by a significant 5.5% year on year in August 2017. read more
Inflation picks up a little faster than expected

Inflation picks up a little faster than expected

18/10/2017 - 10:35
Inflation, as measured by the annual change in the consumer price index (CPI), accelerated to 5.1% in September from 4.8% in August. read more
Mining sector’s surprise performance points to strong industry

Mining sector’s surprise performance points to strong industry

18/10/2017 - 08:53
A surprisingly strong performance by the mining industry in August augurs well for the third quarter’s GDP performance. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

17/10/2017 - 08:58
South Africa’s bulk export volumes fell by 7.3% year on year in September to 13.8-million tonnes after a 7.2% drop in August to 11.7-million tonnes, after surging by 34.5% in July to 15.6-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). read more
Increase expected in consumer inflation

Increase expected in consumer inflation

16/10/2017 - 10:18
The focus this week will be on the September consumer inflation figure and retail trade sales for August. Statistics SA will release both indicators on Wednesday. read more
Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

16/10/2017 - 09:28
Wine grape producers in some parts of the Western Cape, already reeling from severe drought, have been dealt another blow after being hit by frost in early October. read more
Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

12/10/2017 - 14:12
When the economies of Nigeria and SA recently rebounded, it wasn’t oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial not only to the continent’s economy but also to its ability to feed and employ its surging population. read more
Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

12/10/2017 - 09:01
The Competition Commission on Wednesday said that the 50-year-old practice by fresh produce market agents of charging fixed commissions to farmers amounts to price fixing.  read more
New index offers a snapshot of SA’s debt-stressed consumers

New index offers a snapshot of SA’s debt-stressed consumers

11/10/2017 - 13:35
Credit data company Experian launched a consumer default index on Tuesday to help pinpoint where South Africans are experiencing financial stress. read more
 Consumers hit malls less frequently, but spend more per visit

Consumers hit malls less frequently, but spend more per visit

09/10/2017 - 08:56
Consumers are visiting malls less frequently, but spend more per visit. read more
Stocks hit record highs, rand weaker

Stocks hit record highs, rand weaker

06/10/2017 - 11:31
The main stock indexes closed at record highs yesterday as investors, taking their cue from emerging market peers, piled into everything from banks and miners to telecoms. read more
How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

04/10/2017 - 14:07
It was announced recently that South Africa is no longer in the technical recession that resulted from two consecutive quarters of negative growth. While welcomed news, it does not change the fact that consumers remain under pressure in the face of ever-increasing living costs, growing debt levels and significant political uncertainty.  read more
SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

29/09/2017 - 15:12
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5.94bn for August, almost three times one of the consensus expectations. read more
SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

29/09/2017 - 13:48
South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.  read more
SA’s sugar industry under assault

SA’s sugar industry under assault

29/09/2017 - 08:46
South Africa’s sugar industry faces tough times — even without the imposition of a tax on sugary drinks.  read more
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

26/09/2017 - 09:41
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the guava industry in the region.  read more
SA’s growth engines feeling the weight of economic strain

SA’s growth engines feeling the weight of economic strain

25/09/2017 - 09:44
Business confidence indicators plummeted further in the second quarter of this year as the South African macroeconomic environment remains dire, resulting in increased pressure on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their ability to deliver as one of South Africa’s leading growth engines. read more
Reserve Bank treads carefully as risks to inflation outlook threaten

Reserve Bank treads carefully as risks to inflation outlook threaten

25/09/2017 - 08:44
The Reserve Bank disappointed the markets on Thursday by failing to cut the repo rate, noting that a number of risks to the inflation outlook had increased amid heightened uncertainty. read more
Interest rate cut may be on the cards

Interest rate cut may be on the cards

21/09/2017 - 10:36
With inflation heading down towards the mid-point of the target range, most economists expect another 25 basis point cut in interest rates when the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee concludes its three-day meeting on Thursday. read more
Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

21/09/2017 - 09:42
It's going to be much harder to buy a beer in Cape Town‚ if the Western Cape government has its way. read more
Consumer inflation ticks up, but food inflation slows further

Consumer inflation ticks up, but food inflation slows further

20/09/2017 - 11:15
Consumer inflation picked up as expected in August, as higher fuel prices bit. read more
World Bank warns SA's lack of innovation holds back growth

World Bank warns SA's lack of innovation holds back growth

20/09/2017 - 09:58
The World Bank has cut its forecast for SA’s economic growth, saying that the country’s low levels of innovation and declining productivity are factors holding back growth. read more
SMEs suffer from a sluggish economy

SMEs suffer from a sluggish economy

19/09/2017 - 14:59
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are being hammered by bad news, as they suffer from a sluggish economy and negative sentiment.  read more
SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

18/09/2017 - 09:28
SA’s bulk export volumes fell 7.2% year on year in August to 11.7-million tonnes, after surging by 34.5% in July to 15.6-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. read more
SA clambers out of recession but retail sector is likely to retard growth

SA clambers out of recession but retail sector is likely to retard growth

15/09/2017 - 11:03
Even as SA clambered out of recession, it is unlikely to experience meaningful growth on the back of a slump in the retail sector. read more
Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

13/09/2017 - 09:18
Retailers have been warned the next 18 months will be tough for all businesses. read more
With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

12/09/2017 - 10:56
A quarter of South Africa's surplus maize crop of four million tons has so far been exported to Southern African countries and to the Far East, as South Africa searches for new markets. read more
Futuregrowth’s Development Equity Fund acquires stake in SME Funding Business

Futuregrowth’s Development Equity Fund acquires stake in SME Funding Business

12/09/2017 - 10:22
Futuregrowth Asset Management, on behalf of clients, has acquired a non-controlling stake in the shareholding of Retail Capital, a merchant cash advance business that focuses on funding the South African SME market.  read more
Manufacturing output gloomier than expected

Manufacturing output gloomier than expected

07/09/2017 - 15:12
The manufacturing sector took a knock in July, with production declining more than expected. read more
Franchising grows despite tight economy

Franchising grows despite tight economy

05/09/2017 - 09:32
Despite trying socio-economic conditions, political uncertainty and tough trading conditions, the franchise sector has held its own over the past four years growing its contribution to the country GDP from 9.7% in 2014 to its present figure of 13,3% and its estimated turnover from R465 billion in 2014 to R587 billion in 2017. read more
Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

04/09/2017 - 15:23
Agribusiness confidence took a knock in the third quarter 2017 as the unrelenting drought in the Western Cape and low demand for maize exports weighed on sentiment. read more
Manufacturing index signals softer third quarter

Manufacturing index signals softer third quarter

04/09/2017 - 09:41
Economic growth is expected to rebound in the second quarter after the recession, but the Absa purchasing managers index (PMI) suggests the third quarter may be softer. read more
Producer inflation continues to slow

Producer inflation continues to slow

31/08/2017 - 14:00
Producer inflation slowed further in July, following a surprisingly sharp slowdown in June, thanks largely to food and fuel price dynamics. read more
US Agoa poultry exporters struggle with SA’s empowerment provisos

US Agoa poultry exporters struggle with SA’s empowerment provisos

30/08/2017 - 10:37
US poultry producers nearly reached their full 65,000 ton quota of exports to SA under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the year to end-March. read more
SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

30/08/2017 - 09:07
South African farmers will harvest 16.4-million tonnes of maize in 2017, marking the largest crop on record, the crop estimates committee (CEC) says. read more
Falling inflation boosts interest rate cut chances

Falling inflation boosts interest rate cut chances

25/08/2017 - 10:54
Inflation has dipped below the 5% mark for the first time since November 2015, supporting the case for another interest rate cut at the Reserve Bank’s next monetary policy committee meeting, economists say. read more
Consumer inflation slows, helped by food, fuel and power prices

Consumer inflation slows, helped by food, fuel and power prices

23/08/2017 - 15:01
Consumer inflation slowed much as expected in July, with the consumer price index rising 4.6% from a year earlier. read more
Wine sales defy shrinking grape acres

Wine sales defy shrinking grape acres

21/08/2017 - 10:52
South Africa's land under tillage for grapes is on the decline, and this has presented the country's wine industry with a challenge - how to use less land while still increasing wine volumes and sales for both the domestic and international markets. read more
Wholesale trade sales pick up in second quarter

Wholesale trade sales pick up in second quarter

18/08/2017 - 09:57
Wholesale trade sales increased by 1.1% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same period a year ago, Statistics SA data showed on Thursday. read more
Retail sales rise bodes well for end of recession

Retail sales rise bodes well for end of recession

17/08/2017 - 09:32
SA’s GDP could rebound from recession, lifted by positive performances in manufacturing, mining and retail. read more
Fewer seek credit as tough times bite

Fewer seek credit as tough times bite

14/08/2017 - 11:27
Consumers adopted a cautious stance to credit applications in the first quarter of 2017, figures from the National Credit Regulator show. read more
Avian flu hammering adds to poultry sector's woes

Avian flu hammering adds to poultry sector's woes

14/08/2017 - 08:54
It spreads fast, is deadly to poultry and is potentially extremely costly, especially for an industry that is already reeling from the pressures of competing in global markets. read more
Positive retail trade sales may offer some relief

Positive retail trade sales may offer some relief

14/08/2017 - 08:41
A jobs bloodbath looms over the retail sector, but economic data expected this week may show that retail trade sales continued with a trend of positive growth in June. read more
Manufacturing figures point to an end to recession

Manufacturing figures point to an end to recession

11/08/2017 - 11:35
Manufacturing production increased in the second quarter of the year — indicating SA may be heading out of recession. read more
Retailers may breathe easier in fourth quarter, say analysts

Retailers may breathe easier in fourth quarter, say analysts

10/08/2017 - 09:11
While there is no outright good news for retail, analysts say the last quarter of 2017 is unlikely to plunge the sector to new lows. read more
UK economy takes a hit as consumer spending slumps further

UK economy takes a hit as consumer spending slumps further

07/08/2017 - 12:47
UK consumers cut back on spending for a third month in July as house-price growth slowed sharply, dealing yet another blow to the economy. read more
Sugar industry could take years to recover from 2015-16 drought

Sugar industry could take years to recover from 2015-16 drought

07/08/2017 - 09:54
The South African sugar industry could take years to recover from the effects of the 2015-16 drought which has led to the industry failing to meet export orders. read more
Clouds over South African manufacturing sector darken

Clouds over South African manufacturing sector darken

02/08/2017 - 13:53
The Absa purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has dipped further, spelling bad news for the manufacturing sector. read more
SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

02/08/2017 - 09:04
South Africa has increased its forecast of this year’s record crop after farmers improved their yields. read more
June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

01/08/2017 - 09:25
SA recorded a better-than-expected trade surplus of R10.67bn in June, from a revised R7.22bn (R9.5bn) surplus in May. read more
Private sector credit moderates in June

Private sector credit moderates in June

01/08/2017 - 08:24
SA’s private sector credit growth moderated more than expected in June, suggesting low levels of business and consumer confidence. read more
Why avo prices have soared 150%

Why avo prices have soared 150%

31/07/2017 - 09:49
It is boom time for SA’s avocado producers as they ride high on a more than 150% rise in the world avocado price over the past year to a record high. read more
Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

27/07/2017 - 15:48
Production inflation posted a surprisingly sharp fall in June — slowing to 4% year on year, from 4.8% in May. read more
Deodorant is always on the shopping list for South Africans

Deodorant is always on the shopping list for South Africans

26/07/2017 - 09:07
South Africans are not counting cents when it comes to scents. read more
Solutions to save the SA economy

Solutions to save the SA economy

25/07/2017 - 11:55
Low economic growth, recorded since 2011, is dragging down the employment rate which is negatively impacting the youth the most, a survey revealed. read more
Uncertainty over Western Cape wheat conditions

Uncertainty over Western Cape wheat conditions

25/07/2017 - 10:19
There is a strong possibility that, in the next few years, parts of the Western Cape’s wheat-growing areas may be affected by poor rainfall conditions, which could lead to poorer harvests. read more
Retail sales provide a positive surprise

Retail sales provide a positive surprise

21/07/2017 - 12:03
SA’s retail sector not only confounded economists who had expected a contraction in May, but growth accelerated from April, despite the economy being in recession. read more
Mining output figure much higher in May than economists’ predictions

Mining output figure much higher in May than economists’ predictions

19/07/2017 - 09:07
The mining sector may help SA navigate out of recession, following possible positive growth in the sector in the second quarter, but the industry remains under increasing pressure. read more
Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

18/07/2017 - 10:26
The drought has, until now, not had a major effect on the wine industry, but adequate rainfall is needed this winter for good vine performance and crop yields for the coming season, wine producer body VinPro says. read more
Shoppers doing more with less amid recession

Shoppers doing more with less amid recession

17/07/2017 - 12:47
Bath foam and bath salts, along with double-ply tissues, are just some of the items that have fallen off shopping lists as consumers attempt to make their money stretch in the recession. read more
Consumer confidence slides deeper into negative territory

Consumer confidence slides deeper into negative territory

12/07/2017 - 11:52
South African consumer confidence worsened to -9 in the second quarter of 2017 from -5 in the first quarter, a First National Bank (FNB) sponsored survey done by Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research (BER) found. read more
Manufacturing production falls marginally in May

Manufacturing production falls marginally in May

11/07/2017 - 13:42
Manufacturing production fared better than expected, falling only marginally in May 2017. It fell by 0.8% year on year compared with May 2016. read more