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Retail trends for the 2016 festive shopping season

As the festive fever finally begins to take hold, retailers that can connect more to their customers while still offering world-class products and services will find themselves in high demand...

14 hours ago

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Amazon testing cashier-free retail store

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon on Monday unveiled a new kind of retail store, with no cashiers...

13 hours ago

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Sovereign 'not a financial burden'

The acquisition of Sovereign Foods would not be a financial burden for Country Bird Holdings (CBH), CEO Marthinus Stander said in response to charges by Sovereign that his company was using the acquisition to get out of financial difficulty...

11 hours ago

Winners of Mohair Trophy announced
Winners of Mohair Trophy announced

The 2016 winners of the Mohair Trophy for the excellent quality of their mohair production have been selected. They are F E Colborne & Sons, which won the Mohair Trophy for the tenth time since the establishment of the Trophy, while P H Viljoen and Neil Colborne won second and third place respectively...

15 hours ago

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Italtile increases sales despite stressed consumers

Tile and sanitary ware manufacturer Italtile' s sales grew 14.7% to R2.9bn for the first five months to end-November, it said in a sales update on Monday morning...

By Pericles Anetos 1 day ago

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Rockcastle buys two Polish shopping centres

Rockcastle Global Real Estate has concluded the preliminary agreements to acquire the shopping centres known as Focus Park Zielona Góra and Focus Mall Piotrków Trybunalski in Poland...

By Alistair Anderson 1 day ago

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Nutella maker Ferrero spreads into biscuits

PARIS - Nutella maker Ferrero said on Monday it had bought Belgium's Delacre for an undisclosed sum as it seeks to spread from chocolates to biscuits...

1 day ago

How will the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 affect the hospitality industry?
How will the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 affect the hospitality industry?

The proposed Draft Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 is set to complicate South Africa's liquor regulatory environment even more...

1 day ago

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Nokia brand ready for smartphone comeback in 2017

Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017...

1 day ago

Arlette Ricci, 75, was handed a one-year prison term and a million-euro fine in April 2015 for allegedly hiding 18.7 million euros ($19.8 million) from the taxman for more than two decades ()
Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune launches tax fraud appeal

PARIS - The heiress to the fortune of French couturier Nina Ricci on Thursday launched an appeal to avoid jail time for tax fraud, in one of the toughest sentences of its kind in French fiscal history...

1 day ago

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre celebrates R2bn makeover
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre celebrates R2bn makeover

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria celebrated the relaunch of the mall on Friday, 2 December, following a R2bn makeover...

1 day ago

Sappi is now the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp‚ which is used to manufacture viscose staple fibre‚ which is in turn used in textiles and pharmaceutical products‚ among other applications.
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Sappi cracks it back into JSE top 40 index

Paper and pulp producer Sappi has made it back into the top 40 index, marking a roundly successful year in which it paid a dividend for the first time since 2008 after nearly doubling full-year net profit while cutting net debt...

By Andries Mahlangu 1 day ago

Fashion veteran Clive Rundle, whose collection is pictured above, says access to funding and a lack of financial know-how are challenges for many designers.
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African fashion gets an online lift

Fashion is big business and the African Development Bank wants economies on the continent to cash in on the billions to be made...

By Roxanne Henderson 1 day ago

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Gilt wears thin for Gold Brands franchise holders

When Gold Brands Investments, owner of the Chesa Nyama fast-food franchise, listed on AltX 11 months ago, the share price plummeted 45% to end the first day of trading at R1.12 a share. It has barely recovered since...

By Palesa Vuyolwethu Tshandu 1 day ago

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Woolworths' shareholders rebel

Woolworths' shareholders voiced their opposition on using the same auditors and also executive pay increases at the retailer's AGM...

By Ann Crotty 1 day ago

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Experts remain pessimistic about manufacturing

Although factory managers were upbeat about their performance in November, experts say such output was unlikely to contribute meaningfully to economic growth this quarter...

1 day ago

Unknown Union launches new collection and store
Unknown Union launches new collection and store

Unknown Union has recently launched a fresh new African inspired street-ware collection as well as a new fashion store and gallery space in the heart of Cape Town's CBD. I attended the launch last Thursday night, 30 November.

By Meagan Duckitt 1 day ago

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Sweet tidings: Nestle creates low-sugar chocolate that still tastes as good

It's a sweet dream come true for chocoholics - Nestlé has found a way to drastically reduce the amount of sugar in its confectioneries without affecting the taste...

By Shelley Seid 1 day ago

Authentic Mexican beer arrives in SA
Authentic Mexican beer arrives in SA

Mexican beer, Sol, is now available in South Africa just in time for summer refreshment...

2 Dec 2016

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Edgars 'Own It' campaign announces lead act

Edgars Active clothing brand Jabari has announced that freestyle rap artist 2Lee Stark is the lead act for the brand's 'Own It' campaign, which kicked off in November 2016...

2 Dec 2016

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A checklist for your annual December holiday shutdown

If you're the owner or manager of a small-to-medium business outside the retail and hospitality industries, you're probably looking forward to the annual break...

By Anton van Heerden 2 Dec 2016

#FreshOnTheShelf: Royco launches innovative range of pasta base recipes
#FreshOnTheShelf: Royco launches innovative range of pasta base recipes

Royco has extended its offering in the wet cooking aids category with the launch of a new, innovative range of concentrated Pasta Base recipes...

2 Dec 2016

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Coca-Cola opens first factory in Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY - Coca-Cola formally has opened its first factory in the Gaza Strip, the company announced on Wednesday, in a move that could create hundreds of jobs in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave...

2 Dec 2016

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Franchising mistakes to avoid

To become a preferred franchisor, franchise companies should avoid the following ten mistakes...

By Anita du Toit 2 Dec 2016

New vehicle sales drop 9.6% year-on-year in November to 46,413 units
New vehicle sales drop 9.6% year-on-year in November to 46,413 units

Another month, another nightmare. If there is one thing to be said for the new-vehicle market in 2016, it is that it has been consistently depressing...

By David Furlonger 2 Dec 2016

Dealerships discover benefits of going green and conversing
Dealerships discover benefits of going green and conversing

In 2013 we trundled along to Hillfox in Johannesburg to attend the opening of a new Kia dealership. Hardly big news you might think...

By Mark Smyth 1 Dec 2016

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Dunkin' Donuts Long St collaborates with Zando to host coffee-fashion pairing

Dunkin' Donuts is partnering with online fashion retailer Zando.co.za to host a coffee and fashion pairing at the launch of its fourth store in South Africa, on Long Street in Cape Town...

1 Dec 2016

Gold Pack Awards honour student as second overall winner
Gold Pack Awards honour student as second overall winner

This year's Gold Pack Awards not only awarded Tashalie Vorster with a Student Gold Pack award in the category for improving / redesigning packaging of an existing brand, but also named her as the second overall winner in the awards...

1 Dec 2016

How to use real-time analytics to capatalise on the festive shopping season
How to use real-time analytics to capatalise on the festive shopping season

Christmas is getting earlier and earlier every year and nothing symbolises the start of the Christmas shopping season better than Black Friday. While most of us are not that diligent, according to a recent survey, a growing number of consumers are beginning to start holiday shopping earlier every year, so how can we utilise consumer behaviour to be best prepared?

By Pieter Engelbrecht 1 Dec 2016

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