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Spar increases 18-week sales to end-January by 14.1%

Retailer Spar Group on Tuesday reported an increase in sales of 14.1% for the 18 weeks to 30 January...

Edcon to cut some of its 3,000 head-office jobs

Edcon, the retailer that owns brands such as Edgars, CNA and Jet, will cut jobs at its head office as part of its turnaround strategy...

By Zeenat Moorad

Call centre intends to keep Lewis compliant

In a move to quell growing disapproval of its lending practices, furniture retailer Lewis will launch a call centre to enhance compliance, transparency and oversight of its in-store sales and credit-application process...

By Zeenat Moorad

SA's Traditional Trade sector thriving with R46bn in annual sales

Sales through South Africa's 134,000 Traditional Trade outlets currently amount to R46bn per annum, which equates to one of every five rands spent and one third of all consumer goods packages sold in South Africa...

Issued by Nielsen

New retailers as Tugela Ferry Mall, Jozini Shopping Centre report excellent festive season results

The new multimillion rand Tugela Ferry Mall and Jozini Shopping Centre in rural KwaZulu-Natal have been trading very well since opening and both have had an excellent festive season, according to Gavin Tagg, CEO of Retail Network Services...

easyFoodstore enters UK budget supermarket wars

LONDON - British tycoon Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of no-frills airline easyJet, on Tuesday opened a pilot budget supermarket in London in an attempt to crack the country's booming discount grocery sector...

UK supermarket Sainsbury's offers 1.3bn for Argos owner

LONDON - British supermarket group Sainsbury's has tabled an offer to buy Home Retail Group, owner of catalogue chain Argos, for £1.3 billion, it said Tuesday...

Beef added to commodities trade platform

The JSE is broadening its agricultural commodities trading platform by allowing buyers of beef to trade in carcasses in order to manage price expectations...

David Jones to launch at Woolworths

David Jones Classic Collection will join Woolworths Holdings' clothing portfolio on 1 February 2016, with a new private label brand encapsulating the essence and heritage of one of the world's leading department stores, David Jones...

Edcon staff fail in court bid to be reinstated

Thousands of workers retrenched by the Edcon group in 2013 and 2014 have had their hopes of reinstatement dashed by the Constitutional Court...

By Ernest Mabuza

Clicks posts solid growth amid cosmetics glitter

Strong trading by Clicks Group during the festive season and into the new year has signalled that even in tough times, beauty products remain an affordable luxury...

By Zeenat Moorad

King James crowned overall agency for Pick n Pay

Exclusive interview with Alistair King, founding creative partner of King James, into how one of SA's top ranked creative agencies won the advertising account of one of the country's top five advertising brands...

By Leigh Andrews

Apple files with India government to open first stores

NEW DELHI - Apple said Wednesday it has asked the Indian government for permission to open its first stores in the country, paving the way for its feted brands to join the fast-growing smartphone market...

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