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Hammerson, 'a solid bet for future returns'

Hammerson, which is the largest property stock on the JSE, is considered by analysts as one of the most undervalued stocks with significant upside potential...

1 day ago

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McDonald's reports higher earnings on strong US, China

NEW YORK, United States - McDonald's reported higher first-quarter earnings Tuesday on better performance in key regions, including the United States and China...

1 day ago

Fabiani, Woolworths, H&M, Miladys, Markham, Cotton On, Mr Price score well on customer-centricity
Fabiani, Woolworths, H&M, Miladys, Markham, Cotton On, Mr Price score well on customer-centricity

A survey, conducted by dunnhumby, the ‘Customer-Centricity Index' (CCI) reveals that SA's most successful apparel retailers are those with a high focus on ‘customer-centricity'...

1 day ago

Distell tops up with Cruz vodka
Distell tops up with Cruz vodka

Distell has topped up its booze portfolio with a dash of vodka through the purchase of a 75% shareholding in a company that owns the global rights to Cruz Vodka...

3 days ago

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Puma ups forecast after sales leap in first quarter

German sportswear maker Puma said Tuesday it set a new quarterly record for sales between January and March, springing over the 1.0-billion-euro barrier and upping its forecasts for the year...

3 days ago

Pick n Pay's Super Animals
Pick n Pay Super Animals return with South African slant

Pick n Pay launches a new Super Animals collection focused specifically on South African animals...

25 Apr 2017

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Downgrades clip Pioneer's wings

Pioneer's expansion plans have been thwarted by the downgrades by ratings agencies of SA's sovereign debt...

24 Apr 2017

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Hospital front shops help Clicks grow its footprint

Taking over the front shops in Netcare hospitals helped Clicks grow its flagship brand to 600 stores at the end of February, the retail group said in its interim results statement on Friday morning...

24 Apr 2017

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Massmart sales signal slump

Consumers spent less in Massmart's comparable stores in the first quarter of 2017, a trend that could continue into the rest of the year due to the constrained economic environment.

24 Apr 2017

South African Council of Shopping Centres Research Conference identifies new retail trends
South African Council of Shopping Centres Research Conference identifies new retail trends

The SACSC set a date for its Annual Research Conference aiming to keep delegates up to date with new consumer behaviour and shopping patterns...

24 Apr 2017

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Family continues franchising business

Following in her father's footsteps, Renee Perkin launched Cash Crusaders Oxford Village...

21 Apr 2017

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Manufacturers expected to be more proactive in protecting consumers from economic crunch

Consumers demand economic protection from manufacturers, according to BMI Research...

20 Apr 2017

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Starbucks turns one in South Africa, opens fourth shop

As Starbucks turns one in South Africa, it opened its fourth store in Menlyn Park, Pretoria, on 19 April 2017...

20 Apr 2017

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Woolworths tops 2016 Customer Satisfaction Index with most satisfied customers

South African Customer Satisfaction Index puts Woolworths at top...

20 Apr 2017

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Pick n Pay delivers sustainable growth in ‘new normal' environment

Pick n Pay announces 18% growth in headline earnings...

20 Apr 2017

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Retailers fall victim to time's cruelty

Retail was pumping in the early 2000s. Sales growth hit a record high of 15.50% in September 2006 and averaged about 12% a year from 2004 to 2007...

By Colleen Goko 18 Apr 2017

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The Crazy Store opens 300th store, plans Botswanan expansion

The Crazy Store opens its 300th store today, 13 April 2017, at the Kyalami Corner Shopping Centre in Midrand...

13 Apr 2017

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Retail sales fall year on year in February

Sales of South African retailers totalled R58.58bn in February 2017, 1.7% lower than the R59.5bn in February 2016...

By Sunita Menon 13 Apr 2017

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Tesco dives into red on accounting scandal

LONDON - Supermarket giant Tesco revealed on Wednesday that it fell into an annual net loss of 40 million due to a costly accounting scandal at Britain's biggest retailer...

13 Apr 2017

Walmart's new cuts will affect employees in the international division, its technology services division and in its Sam's Club business ()
Wal-Mart eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs: source

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores is eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs in a cost-cutting move, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday...

12 Apr 2017

Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry
Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

In principle, the fresh produce markets, together with the integrated role of market agents, are critical to the South African and southern African industry to enable market access for all producers and buyers...

By Lindie Stroebel and Tommie van Zyl 12 Apr 2017

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Retailers shift away from Africa expansion

Africa is falling off the immediate radar of local retailers after the region posted its slowest growth rate in two decades in 2016, and with the outlook for 2017 looking as unpromising, most companies are changing their focus from expansion to improving customer experience...

By Colleen Goko 12 Apr 2017

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Millennials increase consumption of hyper-functional foods

Hyper-functional foods, which combine natural ingredients with added vitamins and proteins, such as smoothies or fruit-and-nut bars, are gaining in popularity, as are natural and herbal tonics based on trusted recipes...

12 Apr 2017

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Sales of Ivanka Trump products soar in 2016

NEW YORK - Sales of Ivanka Trump's clothing collection soared by nearly 61 percent in 2016, the company that manufactures products for the president's daughter's line and other brands said on Monday...

11 Apr 2017

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Pick n Pay expects FY HEPS to rise 15% to 20%

Pick n Pay expects headline earnings per share in the year to February to rise up to 20% from the year-ago period...

11 Apr 2017

Smart Shopper card - junk status?
Smart Shopper card - junk status?

I have long been an advocate of Pick n Pay, admiring and talking up how much they do to both attract and retain customers with their Smart Shopper loyalty programme and their various promotions to create sticky customers. That was until...

By Clive Evans 10 Apr 2017

Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA
Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA

McDonald's South Africa serves over a million breakfasts every month, meaning that its recent National Breakfast Day promotion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Apr 2017

Ralph Lauren to close flagship Polo store in Manhattan
Ralph Lauren to close flagship Polo store in Manhattan

Ralph Lauren Corp. plans to shut its flagship Polo store on New York's Fifth Avenue and cut some staff as it shifts more resources to e-commerce...

5 Apr 2017

Five week Pick n Pay bakers' strike ends
Five week Pick n Pay bakers' strike ends

A five-week strike by workers who produce baked goods for Pick n Pay appeared to end on Monday. The Johannesburg workers concluded reconciliation talks...

By Trevor Bohatch and Natalie Pertsovsky 5 Apr 2017

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