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Swiss likely to cushion Spar from heavy weather at home

Spar Group's move into Switzerland means the retailer will probably weather the storm in its home market, where consumers are under pressure from a weakened currency and higher interest rates...

20 May 2016

#AfricaMonth: Loving Levi's locally

20 May marked the 143rd birthday of the Levi's 501 button-fly. To celebrate the milestone of that red-tagged fashion favourite, members of the media were recently invited on an exclusive factory tour...

By Leigh Andrews 20 May 2016

Coca-Cola bottlers' merger finally approved

The much delayed merger to create Africa's largest Coca-Cola bottler was finally given the nod on Tuesday by the Competition Tribunal...

By Hilary Joffe 12 May 2016

Beauty is back: designer Sagmeister on Italy as muse

ROME - Award-winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, famed for his work with the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Aerosmith, says the concept of beauty in design is back...

29 Jun 2015

Foreign investor buys stake in Mugabe dairy rival

A foreign investor has snapped up a 27% stake in Zimbabwe's second largest dairy company Dendairy...

By Memory Mataranyika 28 May 2015

Africa, the final frontier... in luxury

Hennessy is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with a rapidly growing market in Africa, built on its understanding that the only possible way to be successful in Africa was to adopt and adapt to the tradition of the continent...

6 May 2015

Publicis Groupe Epic Communications

PARIS, FRANCE / JOHANNESBURG-CAPE TOWN, SA: Publicis Groupe has announced today the acquisition of the South Africa-based company Epic Communications, one of SA's leading independent integrated strategic communications agencies...

26 Feb 2015

Retail success in Africa requires patience, hard work, innovation

With no signs of slowing down, retail developments continue to shape the skylines of most sub-Saharan African cities with an influx of international retailers wanting to take advantage of the African consumer story...

23 Oct 2014

AVI targets African sales with better distribution

Branded consumer products group AVI is targeting a good year for grocery and personal care sales in African countries, after improving its distribution channels in several export markets...

By Nick Hedley 9 Sep 2014

New Levi's campaign inspired by consumers

Inspired by the millions of stories consumers tell about the things they do in their Levi's, the company has announced its new global brand campaign, 'Live in Levi's'... (video)

11 Aug 2014

Primedia moves into Namibia, first expansion outside SA

The Primedia Lifestyle Group has been awarded marketing rights to its first African shopping centre, Maerua Mall, based in Namibia.

17 Jul 2014

The story of the African consumer

Trying to define the average African consumer is near impossible. Tastes and shopping habits are unique to each country, with differences found between regions and even cities within a country.

By Laine Barnard 3 Jun 2014

[2014 trends] Fashionably late

The most recent International Monetary Fund regional economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa projects an accelerated GDP growth of 6% in 2014 from around 5% in 2013.

By Nick Schilperoort 7 Feb 2014

[2014 trends] Waka waka (this time for Africa)

It wasn't too long ago that Shakira was singing to thousands at the FNB Stadium for the 2010 Soccer World Cup: "Waka waka (this time for Africa). Your time to shine. Don't wait in line. Y vamos por todo."

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 15 Jan 2014

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