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Another boost for the manufacturing sector in November

Another boost for the manufacturing sector in November

14/01/2019 - 11:09
Production from SA’s factories continued to improve in the last quarter of 2018, data from Statistics SA (Stats SA) showed.  read more
Factory owners end 2018 in upbeat mood

Factory owners end 2018 in upbeat mood

09/01/2019 - 14:03
Activity in the manufacturing sector reached its best level in 2018 in December, ending the year on a strong note. read more
The magnetic relationship between news and movement in the forex market

The magnetic relationship between news and movement in the forex market

20/12/2018 - 09:04
Currency value can be affected by a million different news stories during the course of the day - influencing small or significant movements in the forex. News and events are usually centred on either economic, political or banking policy, although there are other ways in which the news can influence and affect both large and small-scale price movements. read more
SA preparing for all Brexit outcomes

SA preparing for all Brexit outcomes

19/12/2018 - 08:05
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is preparing for all eventualities regarding Brexit, says Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies.  read more
Retail sector notches up better than expected growth for October

Retail sector notches up better than expected growth for October

13/12/2018 - 08:11
The retail sector experienced bigger than expected growth at the start of the fourth quarter. read more
The hidden customer engagement tool lying dormant at every retailer

The hidden customer engagement tool lying dormant at every retailer

12/12/2018 - 09:18
With two prime shopping periods ahead - Black Friday and the Festive Season shopping extravaganza - retailers are preparing for a bumper sales season to mitigate the slow retail sales growth experienced during much of the year. Consumers have been under pressure from VAT hikes, petrol price increases and a stagnant economy.  read more
Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

04/12/2018 - 13:19
Confidence in the agricultural sector has fallen to the lowest level in nine years on the back of uncertainty around land reform. read more
The signs are here that South Africa has reached its economic crossroad

The signs are here that South Africa has reached its economic crossroad

03/12/2018 - 11:37
While South Africa attempts to shore up its own economy amid high inflation rates and a stuttering inherited financial system, the continent as a whole continues to grow. The big question, though, is whether South Africa will get left behind in terms of international investment if it doesn’t improve its financial situation, and how to avoid this. read more
How will the interest rate hike impact SME owners?

How will the interest rate hike impact SME owners?

27/11/2018 - 10:41
Despite a strengthening rand and slight recovery of the oil price, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) announced that the repurchase (repo) rate will increase by 25 basis points to 6.75 percent, effective from 23 November 2018. This increase in interest rates – which pushes the prime lending rate up from 10 percent to 10.25 percent - is the first rates hike that South Africa has seen since March 2016.  read more
Embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution tops the agenda at the CGCSA Summit 2018

Embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution tops the agenda at the CGCSA Summit 2018

26/11/2018 - 16:37
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape” (World Economic Forum, 2016). read more
#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

23/11/2018 - 10:21
Wallet squeeze has seen South African consumers growing increasingly sensitive to prices and promotions over the past several years.  read more
Big lead-up to Black Friday

Big lead-up to Black Friday

19/11/2018 - 15:16
There was a time when Santa got people spending. Now it’s Black Friday. read more
Uptick in retail sales likely enough to end recession

Uptick in retail sales likely enough to end recession

16/11/2018 - 10:00
A meagre boost in the retail sector will likely see SA steer out of the recession. read more
Retail sales growth half that forecast by economists

Retail sales growth half that forecast by economists

14/11/2018 - 14:09
Muted growth in the retail sector may be enough to help steer SA out of a recession. read more
SA’s economy: what could go right?

SA’s economy: what could go right?

14/11/2018 - 08:46
After the reality check provided by the medium-term budget as to the sorry state of the country’s public finances, and with rising jitters about global growth, it is hard to be optimistic about the prospects for SA’s economic recovery. read more
Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

07/11/2018 - 08:46
The Western Cape’s agribusiness sector looks set for growth in the coming years with the province’s trade and investment promotion agency announcing that it has landed committed investments in the sector amounting to R756m.  read more
Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

05/11/2018 - 09:58
Continuing uncertainties over the government’s expropriation without compensation land reform programme has stalled investments in the agricultural industry with farmers holding back on buying machinery in the past few months. read more
SA retail sales jump as spending on consumer goods rises

SA retail sales jump as spending on consumer goods rises

19/10/2018 - 14:31
South Africa’s retail sales rose in August as household goods, clothing and cosmetics grew, data showed on Wednesday, with recovering consumer spending a sign the economy is climbing out of a recession that has piled pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa. read more
Retail sector shows a glimmer of growth

Retail sector shows a glimmer of growth

17/10/2018 - 13:32
Retailers surprised economists in August, with annual sales growth of 2.5% — far higher than the consensus 0.3%. read more
SA could face another VAT increase, say experts

SA could face another VAT increase, say experts

15/10/2018 - 15:16
Senior tax consultant Bernard Sacks told The Weekend Argus that while we will most likely have to wait until the annual budget is delivered in February to find out if a VAT increase is our fate, Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget policy statement on October 24, his first as finance minister, may provide important clues as to what SA consumers will face next year. read more
Pick n Pay rides Zimbabwe retail and economic woes

Pick n Pay rides Zimbabwe retail and economic woes

28/09/2018 - 15:31
Despite rising inflation in Zimbabwe and liquidity challenges that are posing serious challenges to stock procurement, Pick n Pay stores in Zimbabwe have raised revenue from $414 million in 2017 to $487 million this year. read more
SA portfolio inflows plummet in second quarter, data shows

SA portfolio inflows plummet in second quarter, data shows

26/09/2018 - 08:36
Portfolio investments into the South African economy fell sharply in the second quarter, as investor risk-aversion towards emerging markets rises, Reserve Bank data showed. read more
Woolworths faces possible further S&P downgrade

Woolworths faces possible further S&P downgrade

26/09/2018 - 08:11
S&P Global Ratings said it could downgrade southern hemisphere retailer Woolworths again if its position in the non-food markets in SA and Australia weakens further. read more
SA retailers taking heavy strain

SA retailers taking heavy strain

05/09/2018 - 10:14
South African retailers across the board are taking strain, with consumers under pressure due to an unprecedented VAT increases and record fuel prices. read more
SA agriculture economy enters recession

SA agriculture economy enters recession

05/09/2018 - 08:44
After contracting by 33,6% quarter over quarter (q/q) in the first quarter of this year, the South African agricultural economy entered technical recession in the second quarter following a further 29,2% q/q contraction. read more
Consumer inflation rises slightly faster than expected, led by fuel

Consumer inflation rises slightly faster than expected, led by fuel

23/08/2018 - 09:42
Inflation accelerated to a 10-month high of 5.1% in July from 4.6% in June, coming in slightly higher than economists anticipated. read more
South Africans changing spending habits due to financial pressure, index shows

South Africans changing spending habits due to financial pressure, index shows

22/08/2018 - 09:22
South Africans are under financial pressure and have adjusted their spending behaviour to weather the economic headwinds, according to Shergeran Naidoo, head of stakeholder relations at BankservAfrica. read more
Superfruits can help save SA economy

Superfruits can help save SA economy

21/08/2018 - 08:54
While South Africa was creating jobs and achieving some economic growth, these processes were not happening fast enough to keep up with the rate at which the population was growing and people were entering the job market. read more
June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

16/08/2018 - 09:26
June’s retail sales growth was only a third of what economists expected, raising the risk that SA entered a technical recession in the second quarter.  read more
CPI jumps the most in 10 years in US, boosting case for a rate hike

CPI jumps the most in 10 years in US, boosting case for a rate hike

14/08/2018 - 09:52
Some items that posted big declines in June reversed course in July, including hotel and motel rates, which rose 0.4%. read more
Consecutive fuel hikes push June inflation to 5.9%

Consecutive fuel hikes push June inflation to 5.9%

27/07/2018 - 08:39
The unexpectedly large surge in producer price inflation to almost 6% in June, mainly as a result of fuel price pressures, bodes ill for SA’s inflation trajectory and interest rate outlook. read more
Inflation is contained and an interest rate rise is unlikely, say analysts

Inflation is contained and an interest rate rise is unlikely, say analysts

19/07/2018 - 10:13
The Reserve Bank could take a more hawkish stance, though, as a weakening currency puts upward pressure on inflation. read more
Consumer inflation accelerates as fuel prices bite

Consumer inflation accelerates as fuel prices bite

18/07/2018 - 10:15
The 4.6% increase in CPI was a little better than expected — possibly thanks to zero inflation in food prices.  read more
Fuel price hike: Consumers brace for higher food, transport costs

Fuel price hike: Consumers brace for higher food, transport costs

04/07/2018 - 11:20
Consumers will be faced with higher travelling costs and the possibility of food price inflation as a result of the fuel price hikes which came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, economists have warned. read more
Three important technologies to slash manufacturing input costs

Three important technologies to slash manufacturing input costs

21/05/2018 - 14:34
Local manufacturing firms continue to face blustering headwinds – from heightened global competition from the likes of China and India, to sluggish demand and macroeconomic conditions, to critical skills shortages and labour issues. But technology can help to relieve one of the most common pain points that we’re seeing: the stubbornly high costs of production.  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
Maerua Mall bucks trend during economic downturn

Maerua Mall bucks trend during economic downturn

21/11/2017 - 09:46
Despite the country’s economic travails over the last couple of years, Maerua Mall has shown its confidence in Namibia’s ability to bounce back by commissioning and overseeing a major upgrade to the shopping centre that included the establishment of a brand-new Family Entertainment Centre. 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
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
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
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
UK consumer spending drops for first time in four years

UK consumer spending drops for first time in four years

12/06/2017 - 10:06
London - Inflation’s hold on the UK consumer is tightening and the economy is suffering as a result.  read more
Mining slows in April as prices soften after March uptick

Mining slows in April as prices soften after March uptick

09/06/2017 - 10:10
The mining industry slowed in April after picking up significantly in March. read more
World Bank cuts its forecast for SA’s growth

World Bank cuts its forecast for SA’s growth

05/06/2017 - 12:35
The World Bank cut its forecast for SA’s GDP growth for 2017 by 0.5 percentage points to 0.6% in its June Global Economic Prospects report released on Sunday. read more
Global ranking shows SA is punching below its weight

Global ranking shows SA is punching below its weight

01/06/2017 - 12:32
SA has fallen one notch down a ranking of the world’s most competitive countries, reflecting its lack of sustainable growth as well as high levels of structural unemployment and lack of access to quality education. read more
Rise in mining outcome may offset recession

Rise in mining outcome may offset recession

18/05/2017 - 11:54
Economists expect the economy to avoid a technical recession on improved mining and agriculture data. read more
Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

27/03/2017 - 14:03
Agricultural products remain the Western Cape’s dominant export commodity despite the challenges facing the sector, including the prevailing drought in the region. read more
Most nations fall well short of safe drinking water targets, Zuma reports

Most nations fall well short of safe drinking water targets, Zuma reports

22/03/2017 - 15:21
Only 147 countries have met the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals' drinking water targets - and only 95 have met the sanitation target while 77 have met both. read more
Rand threatened by looming Fed rate hike

Rand threatened by looming Fed rate hike

15/03/2017 - 09:09
Cape Town - The chief cause of the rand’s depreciation over the past week was anxiety over the upcoming Fed rate hike, said Overberg Asset Management (OAM) in its weekly overview of the SA economic landscape. read more
Mining data shows economy may be perking up

Mining data shows economy may be perking up

14/03/2017 - 16:10
SA’s economy appears to be perking up as the slowdown in mining eases. The rise in commodity prices due to an improvement in global demand led to a 1.3% year-on-year increase in mining production in January. read more
UK retail sales unexpectedly decline as inflation bites

UK retail sales unexpectedly decline as inflation bites

20/02/2017 - 09:39
London - UK retail sales unexpectedly fell for a third month in January, suggesting consumers are starting to feel the squeeze from accelerating inflation. read more
Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

16/02/2017 - 09:44
Weak retail sales match levels in 2009 when SA was in recession read more
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to seek a post-Brexit preferential trade pact

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to seek a post-Brexit preferential trade pact

24/01/2017 - 10:20
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will seek a commitment from his British counterpart, Liam Fox, that the UK is willing to enter into post-Brexit trade negotiations with SA as soon as possible. read more
SA SMEs can expect light in 2017 after dark 2016 tunnel

SA SMEs can expect light in 2017 after dark 2016 tunnel

23/01/2017 - 12:32
Business Partners Limited outlook for SMEs in 2017 read more
Consumer confidence plummets in fourth quarter as household income stalls

Consumer confidence plummets in fourth quarter as household income stalls

19/01/2017 - 14:38
The FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) slumped to -10 in the fourth quarter of 2016. read more
A surplus of maize in 2017 is good news for regional food security

A surplus of maize in 2017 is good news for regional food security

16/01/2017 - 08:39
After last year’s drought-induced deficit, Grain SA expects a maize surplus this year, having planted 18% more than in 2016 read more
Price of major food commodities fall for fifth year in a row

Price of major food commodities fall for fifth year in a row

16/01/2017 - 08:15
For the fifth year in a row, prices of major food commodities have declined - some 1.5 percent below their 2015 levels - averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole. Upward pressure on FAO's Food Price Index from tropical commodities such as sugar and palm oil, where El Niño had an impact on production, was offset by bumper harvest and prospects for staple cereals. The Index averaged nearly 172 points in December, unchanged from November. read more
Manufacturing sector produces a positive surprise

Manufacturing sector produces a positive surprise

13/01/2017 - 11:13
Manufacturing production rose 1.9% in November from a year earlier, offering a glimmer of good news for the economy’s growth prospects for the fourth quarter. read more
Retail sales growth expected to underperform economic growth

Retail sales growth expected to underperform economic growth

09/01/2017 - 08:37
This year could prove to be a tough year for retailers, with real retail sales growth expected to underperform economic growth. Retail sales growth tends to be more cyclical than overall economic growth, outperforming the latter in good times, but often underperforming economic growth in tougher times. read more
Consumer inflation ticks up, food prices still rising fast

Consumer inflation ticks up, food prices still rising fast

14/12/2016 - 15:07
Consumer inflation ticked up slightly as expected in November, remaining firmly outside the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.  read more
UK reassures SA on post-Brexit ties

UK reassures SA on post-Brexit ties

09/12/2016 - 15:02
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond wants EU-grade trade and investment pacts with SA read more
Blow for GDP as manufacturing joins mining in October fall

Blow for GDP as manufacturing joins mining in October fall

09/12/2016 - 14:30
The volume of goods produced by South African factories fell 2.7% in October from the same month in 2015, Statistics SA reported on Thursday. read more
Falling exports take their toll on SA’s current account deficit

Falling exports take their toll on SA’s current account deficit

09/12/2016 - 12:07
SA’s current account deficit widened more than expected in the third quarter, as the value and volume of exports fell amid weaker output data from the productive sectors of the economy. read more
Experts remain pessimistic about manufacturing

Experts remain pessimistic about manufacturing

05/12/2016 - 10:01
Manufacturing production is unlikely to contribute meaningfully to economic growth this quarter read more
Retailers make inroads into the African market

Retailers make inroads into the African market

01/12/2016 - 09:17
While African economies have suffered some setbacks as a result of a weakened global economy, the continent is still attractive in the long term. read more
Another ratings reprieve for SA could be in store - economist

Another ratings reprieve for SA could be in store - economist

28/11/2016 - 13:48
Cape Town – South Africa is likely to receive a reprieve from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on Friday 2 December, said Old Mutual Investment Group economist Rian le Roux.  read more
Good news and bad for local poultry industry

Good news and bad for local poultry industry

28/11/2016 - 09:16
The good news for the poultry industry is that the worst of the drought is over. The not-so-good news is that the full benefits may take another six months to materialise.  read more
What goes into SA’s year-end credit report

What goes into SA’s year-end credit report

25/11/2016 - 15:46
Two of the world’s major ratings agencies, Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings, will release their credit ratings reviews of SA shortly. The third one, Fitch Ratings, is expected to release its soon, although no date has been given. The Conversation Africa’s Charles Leonard asked Mampho Modise, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Pretoria, to explain the significance of the credit reviews. read more
Consumer inflation speeds up

Consumer inflation speeds up

23/11/2016 - 10:53
Consumer inflation moved further outside the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range in October, as some economists had expected. read more
2016 a particularly disruptive year for entrepreneurial landscape

2016 a particularly disruptive year for entrepreneurial landscape

21/11/2016 - 10:37
Many local entrepreneurial businesses have the potential to thrive under pressure. However, in the midst of a volatile economy small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do require a particular level of certainty to flourish and implement growth strategies.  read more
Consumers give in to small luxuries

Consumers give in to small luxuries

21/11/2016 - 08:45
Consumers may be staying away from budget-breaking spending on clothing and furniture, but they are indulging in small luxuries, retail data from Statistics SA show. read more
The evolution of CSI - for the better of communities and the economy

The evolution of CSI - for the better of communities and the economy

18/11/2016 - 13:40
By employing dedicated Corporate Social Investment (CSI) departments, that do concise and researched CSI planning, corporates can have a bigger and better impact on the communities they support to ‘effectively’ uplift people from the ground to the boardroom, says Glenda Mansfield, CMO of Marketing CSI South Africa.  read more
Good news from retail sector, as sales come in better than expected

Good news from retail sector, as sales come in better than expected

16/11/2016 - 16:57
Retail sales rose a better than expected 1.4% in September compared with a year earlier, showing the sector remained under strain but picking up from the 0.2% increase reported last month for August. read more
Fine-tuning of credit rules on the cards

Fine-tuning of credit rules on the cards

15/11/2016 - 09:22
National Credit Regulator submits changes to affordability assessment regulations  read more
What Trump in the White House means for the South African mining industry

What Trump in the White House means for the South African mining industry

11/11/2016 - 10:24
America woke up on the morning of 9 November 2016 to the reality that Donald Trump will be its next President. In the wake of this, world markets instantaneously reflected the uncertainty that surrounds Trump’s economic and geopolitical views. Most world currencies, including the Rand, weakened overnight.  read more
Agro-processing incentives to boost jobs and economy

Agro-processing incentives to boost jobs and economy

11/11/2016 - 09:28
The Department of Trade and Industry is working on creating a dedicated agro-processing incentive scheme to attract investment in the sector. read more
SA’s factory owners express record pessimism

SA’s factory owners express record pessimism

04/11/2016 - 08:35
SA’s factory owners showed their biggest swing into pessimism on record in October, the Barclays-sponsored purchasing managers index (PMI) released on Tuesday showed. read more
Rand rallies to three-week highs ahead of NPA briefing

Rand rallies to three-week highs ahead of NPA briefing

31/10/2016 - 11:04
The rand strengthened to its best level against the dollar in three weeks on Monday morning as speculation mounted that fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could be withdrawn. read more
South Africans to pay more tax next year

South Africans to pay more tax next year

28/10/2016 - 10:05
Cape Town – South Africans will pay more tax next year.  read more
Foreigners offload R100bn in local stock

Foreigners offload R100bn in local stock

26/10/2016 - 15:09
Foreign investors have sold nearly R100bn worth of South African equities in 2016 on a net basis, even as the country’s bond market attracted R62bn from foreigners in the same period, according to JSE data. read more
Rand stable ahead of Pravin Gordhan’s speech

Rand stable ahead of Pravin Gordhan’s speech

26/10/2016 - 14:44
The rand was range-bound against the dollar at midday on Wednesday ahead of the medium-term budget policy statement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver in Parliament later in the afternoon. read more
South African economy needs more entrepreneurs

South African economy needs more entrepreneurs

24/10/2016 - 15:40
The World Bank suggests that (formal) small and medium enterprises contribute up to 45% of total employment and a third of national income in emerging economies but in South Africa, only 7% of South Africa's adult population is involved in running their own business. This is low even when compared to other sub-Saharan African countries, where the rate of entrepreneurial activity is nearly four times higher. read more
Rising prices help buffer automotive sector as unit sales plunge 13%

Rising prices help buffer automotive sector as unit sales plunge 13%

24/10/2016 - 15:06
RISING new-vehicle prices cushioned a 13% crash in units sold to a 2.3% drop in sales value, according to Statistics SA’s motor industry trade data released on Thursday. read more
Small-business owners less confident about SA’s economy

Small-business owners less confident about SA’s economy

17/10/2016 - 09:56
Confidence in SA’s economy and the ability to grow businesses fell slightly in the third quarter compared with the second, a survey of small and medium-sized business owners showed on Thursday. read more
SA will have to weather high meat prices into next year

SA will have to weather high meat prices into next year

14/10/2016 - 08:59
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. read more
Agriculture in Western Cape ‘grew in 2004-15’

Agriculture in Western Cape ‘grew in 2004-15’

05/10/2016 - 10:55
THE agricultural sector continues to feel the effects of the devastating drought but has shown signs of growth in some areas of the Western Cape in 2004-15. read more
Raising profit margins in a stagnant economy

Raising profit margins in a stagnant economy

29/09/2016 - 15:32
Advice to SME owners read more
Consumer inflation slows to just inside the Reserve Bank’s target band

Consumer inflation slows to just inside the Reserve Bank’s target band

21/09/2016 - 10:46
CONSUMER inflation slowed to 5.9% year on year in August, from the 6% reported for July. read more
EU probes Polish supermarket tax

EU probes Polish supermarket tax

20/09/2016 - 16:26
BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday opened a probe into Poland's new tax on supermarkets, risking to worsen a row with conservative-led Warsaw. read more
The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

20/09/2016 - 11:35
Cape Town – Overall, policy uncertainty remains a key stumbling block for the South African agriculture sector and could potentially discourage investments over the foreseeable future, Agbiz said on Monday. read more
Petrol price likely to jump more than 50c/l in October

Petrol price likely to jump more than 50c/l in October

20/09/2016 - 09:07
The Automobile Association (AA) says SA’s recent period of fuel price reductions is set for a reversal due to a weakening rand and stronger international petroleum prices. read more
Slower retail sales growth in July may lead to Bank holding rates

Slower retail sales growth in July may lead to Bank holding rates

16/09/2016 - 14:26
RETAIL sales increased at their slowest pace in one-and-a-half years in July, with data showing that household furniture, appliances, and equipment retailers were taking the most strain. read more
Corruption and economic stagnation are to be expected as SA ranking plummets to 105

Corruption and economic stagnation are to be expected as SA ranking plummets to 105

15/09/2016 - 12:08
The Economic Freedom of the World Index (EFW) is a positive indicator for desirable living conditions. For any country, the higher the EFW score, the more likely that country is to enjoy greater prosperity, a broader and friendlier civil society, and an intrinsic attractiveness to people from other lands. A country with greater economic freedom is better able to support a larger population on any given land area and physical resource base. The migration crisis of recent years is testimony to the government policy failures and resulting conflicts in those countries that tend to export their people rather than their products. It is also a rebuke to those refugee recipient countries that fail to exhibit consistently, or at least to recognise and articulate, the principles of good governance and freedom of exchange.  read more
Growth in wholesale trade sales slows

Growth in wholesale trade sales slows

15/09/2016 - 11:10
WHOLESALE trade sales rose 1.2% year on year in July, following a revised 1.7% increase in June, Statistics SA said on Thursday. read more
SA bulk exports fall 4.9% in August to 12.6-million tons

SA bulk exports fall 4.9% in August to 12.6-million tons

13/09/2016 - 09:11
SA’S BULK export volumes fell 4.9% year on year (y/y) in August to 12.6-million tons after dropping 15.4% in July to 11.6-million tons and rising 6.2% in April to the second-highest monthly total of 16.2-million tons, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority showed on Monday. read more
Rand back under R14 to the dollar – for now

Rand back under R14 to the dollar – for now

07/09/2016 - 08:45
The rand has strengthened to under R14 to the dollar on the back of surprisingly positive GDP data for the second quarter – but economists warn that this isn’t necessarily a turning point in South Africa’s current decline to junk status. read more
Consumers and businesses having a rough time

Consumers and businesses having a rough time

06/09/2016 - 16:47
BUSINESSES and consumers are battling to cope in the low-growth environment, while the spectre of an interest rate hike looms, threatening to curb constrained spending even further. read more
Pressure on consumers has intensified, index shows

Pressure on consumers has intensified, index shows

05/09/2016 - 14:48
CONSUMERS felt more financially vulnerable in the second quarter of 2016 than they did in the first as high debt levels, rising food prices, inflation, and higher interest rates took their toll, an index showed on Monday. read more
Retailers lose their bid to halt Massmart bringing its exclusivity case

Retailers lose their bid to halt Massmart bringing its exclusivity case

02/09/2016 - 15:50
THE Competition Tribunal has rejected an application by retailers Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay Retailers and Spar Group to delay a hearing into an application brought by Massmart objecting to exclusivity in lease agreements with landlords, with regard to its Game stores. read more
Growing exports help widen trade surplus to R17.4bn

Growing exports help widen trade surplus to R17.4bn

02/09/2016 - 14:35
EXPORTS grew faster than imports in the first seven months of 2016, driven largely by a weak rand, leading to a R17.4bn surplus compared with a R24.7bn deficit over the same period last year. read more