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[Fashion watch] A case study on UK Wool Week and Chanel Airlines

This week, 5 to 10 October 2015 saw greener pastures for the UK wool industry, as flocks of sheep were transported into pens in the heart of London's famous bespoke tailoring street.

By Terry Levin 9 Oct 2015 12:00

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 152: IMC Conference Johannesburg with Jonty Fisher
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 152: IMC Conference Johannesburg with Jonty Fisher

On Thursday, 8 October 2015, Biz Takeouts Marketing and Media Radio show host Warren Harding (@bizwazza) was joined in studio by Jonty Fisher (@jontyfisher), OFYT - Group Strategy Director and advisory panel member for the IMC Conference.

9 Oct 2015 11:44

Rachel Lane
New global research study is "a wake-up call'

The results of a large-scale study of more than 18,000 consumers in nine countries has been published by Verint Systems in partnership with analyst and consultancy firm Ovum and UK-based research company Opinium. The study highlights the importance of quick, easy and personalised service in securing customer loyalty. It uncovers deep divisions over attitudes to how personal data is used to deliver this service.

9 Oct 2015 10:40

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Venture capitalist invests in online wine retailer

Following the investment of an undisclosed amount in Port2Port by former FNB chief executive and venture capitalist Michael Jordaan, the South African online wine retailer is set to develop its platform significantly, expand its product range and boost its marketing efforts.

9 Oct 2015 09:55

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Mondi Q3 underlying operating profit surges 27%

Packaging and paper group Mondi said on Thursday its underlying operating profit surged 27% to EUR221 million in the third quarter, thanks to good performance from all business units and strong incremental contributions from packaging paper, uncoated fine paper and the South Africa division.

9 Oct 2015 09:45

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SA August manufacturing production down 0.2% y/y

Manufacturing production fell in August compared with a year ago (year on year) after increasing in July, reflecting the negative effects of weak demand and lower commodity prices on the sector.

9 Oct 2015 09:30

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Amazon opens online shop for handmade goods

SAN FRANSCISCO - Online retail colossus Amazon on Thursday opened a shop showcasing handmade goods sold directly by artisans.

9 Oct 2015 07:35

The UK’s Capital & Regional financial director Charles Staveley at the main board listing on the JSE on Wednesday.
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UK mall owner Capital & Regional lists on JSE

Investors must be circumspect when it comes to investing in new offshore property companies that are listing on the JSE, with one commentator voicing concern that these counters may be overvalued.

By Alistair Anderson 8 Oct 2015 13:40

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SA's manufacturers under pressure

While power shortages remain one of a number of challenges South African manufacturers are facing in 2015, there is a silver lining: solid demand and efforts to trim costs and boost operational efficiencies are expected to shore up earnings in certain segments...

8 Oct 2015 11:30

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Relevant insight helps optimise efficiency at every stage of the customer credit lifecycle

Customers are the heart of any business and acquiring and retaining them forms an essential function for profitability and sustainability. Businesses today have access to more data than ever, which can be used to assist this function; however value can only be achieved if this data can be transformed into actionable information, which can be used to derive insight.

By Davina Myburgh 8 Oct 2015 11:10

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Expensive retail shares fuel bourse rise

Expensive as retail shares look after their strong run over the past few years, they remain the prime mover behind the JSE all share index's recent gains.

By Maarten Mittner 8 Oct 2015 09:00

SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover
SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover

The board of SABMiller on Wednesday rejected a buyout proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) that would have created the world's single largest beer brewer by volume.

By Sikonathi Mantshantsha 8 Oct 2015 08:35

Hundreds of jobs for the deaf thanks to joint venture
Hundreds of jobs for the deaf thanks to joint venture

More than 400 deaf and hearing-impaired people nationwide have found an opportunity for gainful employment within the Shoprite Group, thanks to the retailer's Decade of the Deaf Project in partnership with Employ and Empower Deaf (eDeaf) over the past six years. The aim is to provide jobs for 1,000 deaf learners within a 10-year period.

2 Oct 2015 10:15