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Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

19/07/2019 - 10:57
Sugar importers want to know why the industry is subsidised to the extent that consumers are being forced to pay about double the world price. read more
US retail sales rise as households spend more

US retail sales rise as households spend more

18/07/2019 - 14:16
US retail sales increased more than expected in June, pointing to strong consumer spending, which could help to blunt some of the hit on the economy from weak business investment. read more
Retail sales jump in May ahead of expected rate cuts

Retail sales jump in May ahead of expected rate cuts

18/07/2019 - 09:24
South Africa’s retail sales rose more than expected in May as sales of household goods, furniture and appliances expanded quickly, a hint that pressure on consumers was easing ahead of an expected lending rate cut that may further support spending. read more
Cannabis investors may be in for an unpleasant surprise

Cannabis investors may be in for an unpleasant surprise

16/07/2019 - 08:38
Cannabis investors banking on profitability in the second half of the year may have another thing coming: More losses at best, and maybe a surprise stack of write-downs. read more
Constant sales promotions can harm retailers in the long run

Constant sales promotions can harm retailers in the long run

15/07/2019 - 10:24
Cash-strapped consumers have become addicted to sales promotions, and retailers worry whether they will get the right price for their products. read more
Global share gains wane on concern about world economy

Global share gains wane on concern about world economy

03/07/2019 - 09:02
Stocks eked out meagre gains amid worries the global economy was faltering after data showed manufacturing activity slowed last month, weakening appetite for risk. read more
Foschini, Clicks offering good returns

Foschini, Clicks offering good returns

10/06/2019 - 14:55
Prospects for retail sector companies on the JSE had withered this year in line with the slumping economy, but there were outliers, such as Foschini and Clicks, providing good returns for shareholders in the sector, analysts said. read more
US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador

US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador

21/05/2019 - 10:48
The US is jealous of China’s rapid economic growth and achievements in the past few years and was using the trade wars to frustrate and stall it, Lin Songtian, the Chinese ambassador to SA said. read more
Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

13/05/2019 - 09:36
Despite a better performance in March, both sectors recorded contractions in the first quarter of the year - with production severely constrained by load-shedding. read more
SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

10/05/2019 - 11:02
Londani Nemaguvhuni’s Sunday trip to the Mall of Africa north of Johannesburg is a finely balanced operation. The 29-year-old has to provide for his young son but also needs to cut costs. read more
How e-tailers can survive the slow economy

How e-tailers can survive the slow economy

10/05/2019 - 10:18
Talk of a looming global recession continues to impact emerging markets. And, as South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up ahead of future uncertainty.  read more
SA's trade surplus widens in March

SA's trade surplus widens in March

06/05/2019 - 11:18
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5bn in March, as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports for the second month in a row. read more
Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

24/04/2019 - 11:24
Consumer confidence plummeted in the first quarter of 2019 to levels last seen during the death throes of Jacob Zuma's presidency. read more
Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

12/04/2019 - 09:24
Manufacturing production grew 0.6% in February after the sector saw subdued growth of 0.3% in January. This was slightly above the Bloomberg consensus of 0.5%.  read more
Retailers feel the heat as e-commerce siphons off sales

Retailers feel the heat as e-commerce siphons off sales

11/04/2019 - 09:47
The start of 2019 has been bleak for most SA retailers, raising questions about the future of the sector. read more
SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

10/04/2019 - 11:11
South Africa is no longer a spectator country in the business of the ocean and fisheries economy, says Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. read more
Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

10/04/2019 - 11:03
The ratification of trade agreements between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trade bloc, has been a key driver of the increase in exports to Brazil.  read more
SA is experiencing net equity outflows

SA is experiencing net equity outflows

09/04/2019 - 10:05
The Institute of International Finance (IIF) said that its daily tracker showed South Africa experienced net outflows of non-resident portfolio equity in the first quarter while debt flows recovered only modestly.  read more
Petrol price shock - April will be tough for SA

Petrol price shock - April will be tough for SA

02/04/2019 - 11:09
April will be a difficult month for South Africa with a slew of price hikes expected to take a punishing toll on consumers and the ailing economy. read more
Lower retail sales reflect slowing US economy

Lower retail sales reflect slowing US economy

02/04/2019 - 08:43
US retail sales unexpectedly fell in February, the latest sign that economic growth has shifted into low gear as stimulus from $1.5-trillion in tax cuts and increased government spending fades. read more
News not all bad for food prices

News not all bad for food prices

01/04/2019 - 14:51
Rising fuel and electricity prices and a weaker rand could feed into higher food inflation, but economists expect the uptick to be relatively moderate. read more
Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

26/03/2019 - 10:17
The South African agricultural industry might be seen by some as simply another role player in the economy, but our farmers cannot be thanked enough for the absolutely necessary work they are doing. read more
How retailers can add value for consumers in turbulent economic times

How retailers can add value for consumers in turbulent economic times

25/03/2019 - 15:51
For the most part, it has been a dismal year for South African retailers; elevated household debt, higher fuel prices and an increase in value-added tax squeezed consumer spending. However, Ackermans, South Africa’s longest standing value retailer, performed well over 2018 reporting growth of just over 10% which is three times more than the industry benchmark.  read more
SA business confidence falls to almost two-year low

SA business confidence falls to almost two-year low

13/03/2019 - 12:29
South African business confidence fell to the lowest level in almost two years in the first quarter, with more than two-thirds of respondents dissatisfied with current conditions.  read more
SA, Zim discussing state-guaranteed bank loan

SA, Zim discussing state-guaranteed bank loan

13/03/2019 - 11:49
South Africa is considering more loans to Zimbabwe, including state-guaranteed funding from banks to support its northern neighbour’s cash-strapped private sector. read more
Global economic slowdown and trade war hit risk appetite

Global economic slowdown and trade war hit risk appetite

12/03/2019 - 11:18
More and more evidence that the global economy is turning for the worst and the more aggressive stance of the US on trade tariffs against China had led to a sudden turn-around in risk appetite across the globe. read more
GDP growth for 2018 slightly higher than expectations

GDP growth for 2018 slightly higher than expectations

05/03/2019 - 14:29
SA emerged out of 2018 with growth of 0.8% — which is slightly higher than expectations. read more
Producer inflation slows more than expected

Producer inflation slows more than expected

01/03/2019 - 12:06
Another substantial drop in fuel prices in January translated into a far sharper slowdown in producer inflation than economists had expected for a second consecutive month. read more
Informal sector vital part of SA’s economy

Informal sector vital part of SA’s economy

26/02/2019 - 08:41
South Africa’s informal business sector serves a burgeoning consumer market worth more than R100billion in the country’s rural areas, townships and cities, presenting opportunities for corporates and traditional small businesses.  read more
SA limped out of 2018 with growth below 1%

SA limped out of 2018 with growth below 1%

19/02/2019 - 14:20
SA will have limped out of 2018 with growth of below 1%.  read more
Eskom's woes could impact economic growth, with small businesses the hardest hit

Eskom's woes could impact economic growth, with small businesses the hardest hit

18/02/2019 - 11:32
There are warnings that continued load shedding will hamper South Africa’s economic growth, projected to modestly improve in 2019.  read more
Consumer spending rises in December 2018

Consumer spending rises in December 2018

16/02/2019 - 20:48
Consumer spend over the traditional holiday period in December reflected a year-on-year increase, according to BankservAfrica’s data which measured the value and volume of sales in December. read more
US retail sales post largest decrease since 2009

US retail sales post largest decrease since 2009

16/02/2019 - 20:38
US retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018. read more
Latest retail sales figures show disappointing trend

Latest retail sales figures show disappointing trend

15/02/2019 - 10:01
Available economic activity data has shown that the economy ended last year on a weaker footing, with December retail sales figures being the latest to disappoint, declining for the first time in nearly two years.  read more
Western Cape has high hopes for marijuana market

Western Cape has high hopes for marijuana market

11/02/2019 - 10:32
The Western Cape believes the medical cannabis market has significant potential to boost the local economy and is moving fast to position itself as the country’s main hub for this new industry. read more
Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

07/02/2019 - 10:15
Nigeria is poised to overtake South Africa and become the largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the 2018/19 production season, according to Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of SA. read more
The 7 factors that will shape SA's economy in 2030

The 7 factors that will shape SA's economy in 2030

01/02/2019 - 15:31
What will South Africa's economy look like in 10 years' time?  read more
Alcohol, clothes set to boost online retail sales to R20bn

Alcohol, clothes set to boost online retail sales to R20bn

01/02/2019 - 08:37
Retail sales in South Africa are expected to reach R20 billion in 2020 on the back of a surge in online sales of apparels, alcohol and tobacco products. read more
Consumer confidence remains flat but things might be looking up

Consumer confidence remains flat but things might be looking up

24/01/2019 - 13:27
Consumer confidence remained at its 2018 low of 7 in the fourth quarter of 2018. read more
What Zimbabwe’s problems mean for South Africa’s economy

What Zimbabwe’s problems mean for South Africa’s economy

23/01/2019 - 11:35
Concerns were raised on Monday (21 January) after South African finance minister, Tito Mboweni, indicated that he was in talks to help bail out Zimbabwe.  read more
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