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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

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

MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day
MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day

This Freedom Day, Mimi Women CEO and founder Ramona Kasavan will be reaching out to disadvantaged women in rural areas to raise awareness on MimiBizBox...

25 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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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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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

New online store offers local merchants ‘space' to increase sales
New online store offers local merchants ‘space' to increase sales

South African online retail store, Rabaki, aims to extend opportunities for growth to beyond the e-commerce industry, by including individual or small business...

7 Apr 2017

Broll releases December 2016 retail trade results
Broll releases December 2016 retail trade results

Shopping centres within the Broll portfolio have released their December 2016 trading results, showing a year-on-year trading density growth increase...

6 Apr 2017

Verimark earnings expected to be sharply higher
Verimark earnings expected to be sharply higher

Retailer Verimark says headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended 28 February are expected to be between 176% and 238% higher...

4 Apr 2017

Save big with SA's most popular loyalty programmes
Save big with SA's most popular loyalty programmes

South Africans love a good bargain. And who can blame us?...

By Melissa Wentzel 28 Mar 2017

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A little less conversation, a little more action

Why an integrated data platform is the key to aligning marketing, sales and service...

By Michael Bornheim 24 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

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Zara owner Inditex profits up on international drive

Spain's fashion retail giant Inditex, owner of popular brand Zara, said on Wednesday that its drive to expand internationally helped push up profits last year...

17 Mar 2017

Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure
Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, was one of the opening keynote speakers at the Seamless Africa conference (future of payments, e-commerce & retail) in Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

Retail sales in January down 2.3%
Retail sales in January down 2.3%

SA's retail sector remains under pressure with sales in January decreasing 2.3% year on year...

By Sunita Menon 16 Mar 2017

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HomeChoice increases its revenue despite challenging year

Home-shopping and digital retailer HomeChoice International declared a dividend of 87c per share on Tuesday in the release of its financial statements...

By Matthew Stevens 15 Mar 2017

Cash-strapped consumers seek value not ‘specials'
Cash-strapped consumers seek value not ‘specials'

South African consumers look beyond price when actively seeking value for money while grocery shopping, with their perceptions of physical characteristics...

14 Mar 2017

Queenspark interim profit plummets from previous period
Queenspark interim profit plummets from previous period

Clothing retailer Queenspark reported interim profit of R3m for the six months to end-December – a fifth of the matching period's R15m...

By Robert Laing 13 Mar 2017

PJ Pops prove the power of product innovation
PJ Pops prove the power of product innovation

Pierre Jourdan Popsicles hit shelves in South Africa in September, and has since garnered upwards of R1million in sales...

10 Mar 2017

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Clover caught between drought and embattled consumers

Dairy products group Clover complained that it was squeezed between the rising raw milk prices due to the drought and consumers unable to afford higher food prices...

2 Mar 2017

Little hope in sight for SA's retail sector
Little hope in sight for SA's retail sector

The food and drug retailers index rallied just under 9% last week following the release of better-than-expected results from grocery giant Shoprite...

By Colleen Goko 28 Feb 2017

#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce
#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce

As the CEO of the continent's largest online shopping platform, Nigeria-born Chris Folayan knows a thing or two about creating online experiences...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Feb 2017

Coffee wars heat up – JDE vs Nestlé
Coffee wars heat up – JDE vs Nestlé

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and global market leader Nestlé are in a market struggle, since the formation of JDE in 2015...

By Matthew Barry 24 Feb 2017

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Massmart shareholders get good returns, as sales reach R91.3bn

Massmart, majority owned by WalMart, announced its full-year results for the 52 weeks to December 2016, indicating good margin management and astute expense control...

24 Feb 2017

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BAT sells more cigarettes in 2017 driven by Rothmans' brand appeal

Despite government efforts to curb smoking, British American Tobacco (BAT) increased the number of cigarettes it sold in 2016 slightly to 665-billion...

By Robert Laing 24 Feb 2017

Shoprite's overall sales up 14% to R71.3bn
Shoprite's overall sales up 14% to R71.3bn

Whitey Basson ended his run as Shoprite CEO on a high note, the grocery chain's interim results released on Tuesday morning showed...

By Robert Laing 22 Feb 2017

Direct selling succeeds through personal touch, stringent codes
Direct selling succeeds through personal touch, stringent codes

According to the Direct Selling Association of South Africa, this succesful sector provides jobs for 1.1 million independent business owners, which is increasing by over 13% annually...

17 Feb 2017

Woolworths' earnings per share drop
Woolworths' earnings per share drop

Despite difficult trading conditions in both South Africa and Australia, Woolworths Holdings announced that group sales increased by 6.7% to R37.8bn and profit before tax increased 37.9%, following the sale by David Jones of its Market Street property in Sydney for a profit of $172m (R1762m)...

17 Feb 2017

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