Many a retailer will sing to the tune of "The customer is always right", but not a lot actually live the phrase, much less invest any time or innovation in it. Luckily for you and I, this age of short-term vision is drawing to a close.
By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013 10:35
Hyprop Investments will buy 87% of the issued shares of African Land Investments for R768m. African Land owns the Manda Hill shopping centre in Lusaka, Zambia.
29 Nov 2013 06:33
Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.
By Nick Hedley 20 Nov 2013 06:54
Woolworths said on Tuesday, 5 November, that it had signed agreements to purchase its franchise businesses in Botswana‚ Namibia‚ Swaziland and Ghana.
By Zeenat Moorad 6 Nov 2013 10:46
Africa's growing middle class has expensive tastes and research by Bain & Company suggests that luxury goods sales will increase by 11% this year - demonstrating the continent's potential for upmarket goods.
By Zeenat Moorad 5 Nov 2013 09:50
It's clear from the latest Brait investment presentation that the delisting of fashion retailing conglomerate Pepkor in 2004 robbed the JSE of an outstanding consumer business.
By Marc Hasenfuss 1 Nov 2013 08:50
President Jacob Zuma says South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must explore ways to stimulate trade and investment between the two countries.
31 Oct 2013 06:07
Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.
29 Oct 2013 10:34
Shoprite Holdings‚ Africa's biggest retail group‚ reported that its turnover had increased by 10.2% in the three months to September.
29 Oct 2013 09:59
First National Bank's eWallet continues to show strong growth in its African operations with a 119% year-on-year increase. It has also maintained growth in SA with the total number of eWallets in all countries reaching 2.5m‚ an 84% increase from the previous financial year.
By Bekezela Phakathi 28 Oct 2013 10:52
After two major acquisitions in international cognac and whisky brands‚ Stellenbosch-based liquor group Distell will now be prioritising the global growth of its highly-profitable cider brands.
By Marc Hasenfuss 18 Oct 2013 09:56
The purchase of feminine hygiene brand Lil-Lets Group by Brait company Premier Foods is part of a broader strategy to expand Premier across other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories according to Brait director Sean Dougherty.
By Nick Hedley 14 Oct 2013 08:02
Tax authorities are being more aggressive in challenging companies' tax practices, but this is leading to a disparity over what tax practitioners and politicians consider aggressive tax planning.
By Amanda Visser 11 Oct 2013 11:37
Truworths has adopted a cautious and incremental approach to store expansion plans outside SA in order to gain a better understanding of the operating environment and the market potential, the fashion retailer said in its annual report, released last week.
By Zeenat Moorad 30 Sep 2013 11:38
In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.
By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013 09:21
After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.
16 Sep 2013 08:59
Steinhoff International Holdings on Tuesday (10 September) said that the prevailing global economic environment remained volatile but it was confident that the diversity inherent in its assets and earnings would continue to protect the group against any prolonged downturn in any one market where it operated.
11 Sep 2013 11:04
Africa's scope for investment is steadily increasing and demand for more formal retail options from shoppers is following suit.
By Zeenat Moorad 26 Aug 2013 07:54
Fashion retailer Truworths International boosted fully diluted headline earnings per share by 8.4% from 517.1c to 560.7c for the year to June.
23 Aug 2013 10:20
In what it described as a challenging year‚ Shoprite Holdings‚ reported an 11.3% increase in headline earnings per share for the year to June‚ to of 675c.
By Zeenat Moorad 21 Aug 2013 09:00
It is surprising to see how limited Old Mutual's exposure to most of the large markets in Africa has been. For its first 160 years it focused on a few of the outposts of the British empire in East and southern Africa, with little claim to be a pan-African insurer.
19 Aug 2013 11:03
African markets to the northern parts of SA are proving lucrative for local fruit and vegetable retailers, with business accounting for at least 10% of turnover for the sector.
By Shannon Sherry 16 Aug 2013 11:15
City Lodge Hotels‚ which has "refreshed" its branding to better differentiate its four brands and reflect its ongoing enhancements and modernisation‚ increased average occupancies by three percentage points to 62% in the 12 months to June‚ underpinning a revenue increase of 11% to R975.9m and a 32% rise in normalised headline earnings to R252.2m.
15 Aug 2013 11:48
MTN on Wednesday (14 August) reported a 22% rise in headline earnings per share to 654c for the six months to June‚ up from 536c a year ago. Diluted headline earnings rose to 649c from 532c.
14 Aug 2013 13:05
Growth in SA will continue to lag that of other African countries‚ with the latest African Development Bank African Economic Outlook report released on Wednesday (7 August) listing the country among the 10 that will record the slowest growth this year.
9 Aug 2013 08:51
London- and Johannesburg-listed insurer Old Mutual reported good results on Wednesday (7 August) in most areas of its business for the six months to June this year.
By Gillian Jones 8 Aug 2013 11:46
City Lodge Hotels is embarking on an "evolutionary" brand and logo refreshment exercise, starting with its recently-opened Town Lodge Gaborone.
By Nick Hedley 7 Aug 2013 10:05
Tyre manufacturer Goodyear on Tuesday (6 August) said Mozambique was the key African country for its growth strategy on the continent.
By Alistair Anderson 7 Aug 2013 09:25
Growing sophistication in African markets outside SA is creating demand for specialist consultants that bring together clients and communications agencies.
5 Aug 2013 10:08
On 25 July 2013, Massmart opened its second Builders Warehouse in Botswana, in Francistown.
29 Jul 2013 11:55
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