UK consumer slowdown starts to squeeze govt finances

2017-04-25 18:00

UK shoppers are reining in their spending in response to faster inflation and it’s starting to take a toll on the public purse.

Consumers opt for bare necessities as SA heads for recession

2017-04-12 20:17

Given the challenging economic environment, consumers are opting to buy essentials over luxuries and other durable goods, says an analyst.

In the markets: What to watch this week

2017-04-10 07:18

Data released this will week will include quarterly consumer confidence data, expected to indicate the realities of poor household income.

Consumer confidence dives as bleak outlook hits households

2017-01-19 12:12

Weak household income growth, poor credit extension and soaring food prices during the festive season have led to a dive in consumer levels, an index shows.

Construction confidence at 4-year low

2016-12-14 12:14

The FNB/BER Civil Construction Index dropped 17 index points to its lowest level since 2012.

Consumer confidence hits highest level since 2014

2016-12-08 11:28

Consumer confidence improved in the third quarter, on the back of municipal elections outcome. But it remains below average levels, says FNB.

In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-12-05 08:21

Third-quarter SA GDP growth is expected to be announced, as well as data associated with consumer confidence. Mining data to be released Thursday may confirm an up cycle in the commodities sector.

Red meat prices to rise as high as 15% - FNB

2016-09-19 19:05

Red meat prices are expected to rise by up to 15% from now until December, according to FNB.

Private sector contracts, consumer confidence dips

2016-07-05 12:14

South Africa's private sector has slipped back into contraction in June after expanding for the first time in a year in May, as output fell and companies cut jobs.

SA consumer confidence remains low amid 'stagflation'

2016-04-12 12:01

South Africa’s consumer confidence remains depressed as the economy remains in the grip of “stagflation”, the latest FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index reveals.


In the markets: What to watch this week

2017-04-18 08:04

Consumer spending forms the largest part of SA’s GDP. This week we take a close look at consumer confidence and how this important indicator will be affected by the current state of affairs.

Junk status: Hard times ahead for consumers

2017-04-10 13:14

Consumer confidence, which had been showing signs of improvement, will take a knock after Fitch and Standard & Poor’s downgraded SA to junk status, say analysts.

UK economic momentum at risk as consumer confidence wanes

2017-02-28 10:17

UK consumer confidence has weakened this month as the pound’s slide, rising prices and weak pay growth began to weigh on the powerhouse of Britain’s economy.

Black Friday provides boost for SA retail sales

2017-01-18 19:03

Retail sales in November increased by 3.8%, mostly because of Black Friday. However this boost may be short-lived in the coming months.

SA consumers 'holding back' on big purchases

2016-12-08 13:53

The consumer confidence index may have improved for the third quarter of the year, but consumers are still holding back on purchasing big ticket items.

Rand surprises with strong rally as consumer confidence improves

2016-12-08 10:33

The rand has surprised the market with a strong rally this week as the FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index saw consumer sentiment improving.

Consumers more upbeat, but worry over SA economy

2016-11-23 13:54

Research by Nielsen shows that the state of the economy is the biggest concern of South African consumers, but that consumer confidence has improved despite this.

In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-07-29 14:33

All eyes will be on the Bank of England this week - what will happen to interest rates in the UK? Let's see what else the week has in store for the markets.

SA consumer confidence wanes as economy is hammered

2016-07-05 10:11

Growth in real consumer spending will likely drop to near 0% in 2016, warns FNB chief economist Sizwe Nxedlana.

German consumer confidence stable

2016-01-27 11:00

Consumer confidence in Germany has been stable, continuing to shrug off terror warnings and economic uncertainties regarding the massive influx of refugees.

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