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CPI inflation slows in November

2014-12-10 10:28

South Africa's headline consumer inflation has slowed to 5.8% year-on-year in November, in line with market forecasts.

Fraud spikes as crooks try to hit shoppers

2014-11-20 14:10

Credit and debit card fraud has seen a sharp upward spike as fraudsters prowl for holiday shoppers and an expert provides some handy tips for consumers.

Cell C: Expert warns on consumer backlash

2014-11-12 12:33

Fed up with the postal strike, Eskom's never-ending troubles and the e-toll saga, the South African public is almost ripe for revolt, cautions an expert.

Petrol price dip not licence to spend

2014-11-03 15:33

The drop in the fuel price may bring temporary relief, but consumer debt remains high, warns an expert.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

2014-10-21 10:39

America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie 'natural' sweetener extracted from the Stevia plant in Paraguay.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

2014-10-20 13:44

America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie 'natural' sweetener extracted from the Stevia plant in Paraguay.

Survey looks at consumer complaints

2014-09-24 07:00

A survey of the complaints brought to the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman shows just how consumer protection regulations are being put into action.

Consumers more likely to service future debt

2014-09-10 13:08

There has been a decline in the household sector's vulnerability to service its future debt, says First National Bank.

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Crooked consumers con vendors out of millions

2014-08-01 20:45

Consumers conning vendors out of millions by manipulating the debit order system has become a major problem, according to experts.

JC Le Roux an icon for SA consumers

2014-07-28 15:38

South Africa’s sparkling wine JC Le Roux has been declared an icon among SA consumers, shows a brand survey.

SA's June headline CPI steady

2014-07-23 10:36

SA's headline consumer inflation has been steady year-on-year in June compared with May, says Statistics SA.

Consumers brace for triple price blow

2014-07-01 06:30

Hard-pressed consumers are facing a slew of price increases in July that will have a severe impact on their debt burden, says an expert.

Unilever buys out rights of family trusts

2014-05-19 16:30

Unilever says it has bought shares left in family trusts by co-founder William Hesketh Lever in a move to simplify the group's share structure.

Consumer debt service 'worst ever'

2014-05-14 17:43

Consumers’ ability to service their debts is the lowest it has ever been, according to a new index.

More consumers use credit cards to get by

2014-04-29 14:51

Consumers' budgets remain under considerable pressure and are vulnerable to higher consumer inflation and worsening employment conditions,warns an expert.

Crisis-hit UK Co-op loses billions

2014-04-17 11:01

Britain's Co-operative Group has made a loss in 2013, a year it describes as disastrous and the worst in its 150-year history.

Economists predict moderate petrol hike

2014-03-28 11:24

Fin24 checked with a few economists on what they expect from today's petrol price announcement.

Spending down as consumers tighten belts

2014-03-12 12:13

Spending contracted 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013 as households curbed consumption and fixed capital spending growth dropped, says the Reserve Bank.

Consumer vulnerability at its lowest

2014-02-21 17:01

A study shows that 2013 was a pretty bad year for consumers who felt more financially vulnerable than they did the year before.

Consumers crave a return to material pleasure

2014-01-27 15:12

While salaries have remained fairly stagnant, people crave to return to a life of material pleasure and aspiration, according to a survey.

Weak rand could hit petrol price - AA

2013-11-19 11:20

The AA has warned consumers that a reversal in the recent exchange rate trend may mean higher petrol prices by the end of November.

Built for Africa: Courting consumers gets 'cool'

2013-10-03 21:00

Samsung is betting on a top-end refrigerator built to keep food frozen for a longer without being powered, in a bid to tap into Africa's growing consumer markets.

Consumers take on five digital personas

2013-10-03 12:07

Research has identified the five different digital personas and related distinct habits consumers take on when they go online.

 

New code for consumer goods, services

2014-12-03 12:45

New industry code of conduct to apply to all suppliers of consumer goods and services.

SA consumers don't feel in control - index

2014-11-12 17:05

About 73% of consumers did not feel in control of their financial situation in the third quarter of 2014, shows the MBD Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index.

Consumers feel credit pinch as economy sinks

2014-11-05 17:14

SA is heading for its third straight year of declining credit health with household cash flow levels falling to their lowest point since 2010, an index shows.

Cape Town consumers most optimistic, Jozi least

2014-10-29 12:00

While consumers in Cape Town have become much more optimistic, those in Johannesburg are more pessimistic, according to a consumer confidence index.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

2014-10-20 15:44

America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie 'natural' sweetener extracted from the Stevia plant in Paraguay.

Average price of small home R820 000

2014-10-06 14:43

Single digit nominal price growth is forecast for the remainder of the year and in 2015, says an expert.

Japan cuts economic assessment

2014-09-19 12:00

Japan has downgraded its assessment of the economy in its monthly report for September for the first time in four months due to weak consumer spending.

Big-spending Britons drive economy

2014-08-29 17:15

Big-spending Britons have powered the economy in August as they became more confident about the recovery and their finances.

SA consumer inflation slows

2014-08-20 10:20

South Africa's headline consumer inflation has slowed year-on-year in July, below market expectations.

SA consumers spend more on medicine

2014-07-30 11:17

Medicine expenditure among private health care members has increased for the first time since 2011, according to the latest Mediscor Medicine Review.

LVMH results send chill across luxury sector

2014-07-25 18:00

The outlook for the luxury goods industry has darkened as poor results from industry leader LVMH show major factors curbing spending.

An ear for consumer complaints

2014-07-16 14:13

If you are a dissatisfied customer, the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud offers a free out-of-court service which could be surprisingly fast and effective.

Spending growth slows as strike bites

2014-06-18 11:20

Consumers have been hit by slower growth in disposable income, partly because of lost income from a five-month platinum strike and rising consumer prices.

Fast food loving consumers can't repay loans

2014-05-19 14:56

Company results released on the JSE show the double-edged sword cash-strapped consumers are experiencing at the moment.

Petrol price drop not elections ploy

2014-05-02 22:23

It is not true that the petrol price decrease is because of the upcoming national poll, says the energy department.

Consumers shift focus to home buying

2014-04-20 13:46

One of the constraining factors for vehicle sales in SA may be a shift towards a greater focus on home buying by the household sector, says an expert.

Competition watchdog raids Unilever

2014-04-03 13:18

The competition watchdog has raided the local units of Unilever and Sime Darby as part of a probe into suspected price fixing of edible oils and margarine.

Credibility gap could show in China TV expose

2014-03-14 12:19

Waning popularity and a wounded reputation are likely to dull the edge of China's consumer day TV expose, offering some relief for companies.

No relief in sight for consumers

2014-02-25 21:05

Consumers should not expect any relief in the upcoming budget and this will add to the burden of their existing expenses and bad debts, warns an expert.

PPI accelerates more than expected

2014-01-30 12:56

South Africa's headline producer inflation has accelerated more than expected year-on-year in December, says Statistics SA.

Health, robotics and wearable tech in spotlight

2014-01-05 10:37

From drones and smart cars to remote-controlled door locks and eyewear, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show promises to showcase the "internet of things".

Petrol price increases before holiday

2013-12-01 09:38

The energy department says the price of petrol and diesel will increase from midnight on Tuesday because the annual adjustment to the petrol margins has increased.

Consumer protection regarding defective goods

2013-11-12 16:27

Consumers must keep the protection offered by the Consumer Protection Act in mind when they encounter defective goods this holiday season, says an expert.

Consumers increasingly taking out pay day loans

2013-10-03 13:08

South African consumers are continuously turning to unsecured credit to meet their daily needs and should be aware of pitfalls when doing so, warn experts.

Petrol price could drop by up to 25c/l

2013-09-25 14:51

A projected decrease in the price of petrol would not necessarily be an incentive for consumers to go out and spend money they don't have.

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