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SA motor industry relying on exports

Vehicle manufacturers are relying on exports to keep production lines busy and counter a dismal local market that analysts say could continue to shrink for another two years. The pursuit of foreign business is made doubly important by the decline of the rand, as companies seek export earnings to offset rapidly rising import bills.

By David Furlonger

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Malls report positive festive trade, despite tough conditions

The South African Council of Shopping Centres has said that there was some welcome news coming out of the country's malls and retailers at the end of 2015, notwithstanding tough trading conditions in local markets.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Chesa Nyama owner listing short of gravy

It feels as if the listing of Gold Brands Investments, the owner of the Chesa Nyama fast-food franchise, on the JSE's AltX market has been on the boil for some time.

By Marc Hasenfuss

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Manufacturing and mining remain depressed

Manufacturing and mining output remain constrained, providing little prospect for employment and GDP growth.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

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Italtile profit improves on fewer imports

Reducing imports and stocking up on locally produced goods saved Italtile from the weak rand made worse by subdued building activity during the six months to December.

By Fifi Peters

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Astral chooses to take the acquisitive route

Astral Foods, the "big bird" of the local poultry sector, is on the prowl for acquisitions that will boost growth but warned hostile takeover attempts would not fly.

By Marc Hasenfuss

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Bleaker outlook hits Woolworths stock

Shares in upmarket retailer Woolworths (Woolies), the darling of the JSE's consumer sector, were shredded yesterday, with nervous investors fretting over less compelling prospects for the financial year ahead.

By Marc Hasenfuss

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Online experience holds the key to how consumers buy cars

Online connectivity is changing forever the way consumers are buying vehicles, says Glen Mollink, CEO at Innovation Group SA.

By David Furlonger

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba

On Thursday, 11 February 2016, Biz Takeouts Marketing and Media Radio show host Warren Harding (@bizwazza) focused on two events happening in Cape Town next week from 17 February 2016.

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Some provinces struggling to cope with rocketing food costs

The Rand's diminished buying power together with a prolonged drought has left certain provinces struggling to keep up with rocketing food costs. According to Stats SA, 22% of households in the country ran out of money to buy food some time during the 12 months prior to a 2014 general household survey.

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South Africans hoard up to R35,000 of unused goods in their homes, survey finds

Virtually all South Africans have items in their homes they aren't actively using - 99% of us, in fact, according to a survey done by Gumtree South Africa. The informal study asked respondents about the items that end up unused in their homes, including small appliances, sporting goods, baby and children's items and furniture.

#DesignMonth: Three key retail design directions for SA in 2016
#DesignMonth: Three key retail design directions for SA in 2016

To stay relevant, retailers should reinvent their brick-and-mortar locations brand identity every three to five years.

By Brandon Williams

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Brands Africa chooses Cquential

Brands Africa has chosen Cquential's warehouse management solution to run its extensive warehouse facility.