ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSUMERS

Shop with extreme caution, advises consumer price expert

2016-05-12 07:31

Consumers should always shop with extreme caution, warns a consumer price watchdog in reaction to claims of food prices beating inflation.

Price hikes major blow to battered consumers

2016-04-27 17:30

In addition to an expected big increase in the price of red meat, consumers should brace themselves for a hike in the price of petrol, warns a debt expert.

German consumer morale on the rise - survey

2016-04-27 13:15

Consumer confidence in Germany is on the rise again as households feel that economic recovery will gather pace in the coming months, a poll finds.

Budget 2016: Stark reminder consumers must do more with less

2016-02-24 18:39

Despite tax relief for lower- and middle-income earners, the National Budget speech was a stark reminder that consumers need to get used to doing more with less.

Professionals eye budget before making decisions

2016-02-14 16:40

The National Budget speech will have a big impact on how consumers and businesses react to the country’s economy, says Duane Littler of PPS Investments.

Loss of employment could become biggest concern

2016-02-03 07:47

Loss of employment could become the biggest concern in the household sector in 2016, warns John Loos, household and property sector strategist at FNB.

Brian Kantor: Inflation uncontrollable. MPC rate hikes non-sensical, slow anaemic growth

2016-01-19 13:00

Higher rates have already slowed the economy and will slow it further, making Pravin Gordhan and every South African’s job a lot harder, says economist Brian Kantor.

Consumers squeezed to the max this year - debt expert

2016-01-11 12:45

The drought, a likely Eskom price hike and a probable tax increase early this year will lead to consumers being squeezed to the maximum in 2016, warns a debt expert.

Standard Bank pays out R1bn in reward points

2015-12-18 15:19

More and more consumers are opting to switch their benefit points from reward programmes for petrol, according to Standard Bank.

Tough festive season increases retail competition

2015-12-07 19:32

With a tough festive season ahead and many consumers using credit to make purchases, there will be even greater competition among retailers, says an expert.

 

Household credit growth reflects subdued economy

2016-04-29 17:18

Consumers are expected to experience increased financial pressure this year, which will impact their credit-risk profiles and vulnerability, caution experts.

Market intelligence marks new era in retail

2016-04-27 16:37

Today’s retail environment is increasingly characterised by savvy, engaged shoppers and driven by new and evolving technologies.

Wider consumer price inflation coming - economist

2016-03-13 21:00

A sharp increase in average purchasing price and selling price inflation indicators suggests a wider increase in CPI in upcoming months, warns an economist.

Greater retail impact of conscious consumerism

2016-02-19 18:35

Conscious consumerism is on the rise in the retail space and customers are demanding that increasing attention is paid to sustainability, says a retail expert.

How not to be thrown under the debt bus

2016-02-11 16:48

You don’t need to be a financial expert to see that 2016 is going to be a tough year, says a financial planner.

New NCR rules, tough economy hit Lewis sales

2016-01-25 11:53

Lewis Group says sales have been significantly impacted by the implementation of the National Credit Regulator's affordability assessment regulations.

Agriculture's tough 2016 an opportunity for change

2016-01-12 15:00

The drought and other weather conditions should present an opportunity to create efficiency in the agriculture sector, says Standard Bank’s Head of Agribusiness SA, Nico Groenewald.

Outlook for SA consumers dire, debt experts warn

2016-01-05 07:42

This year January, a notoriously long month with everybody’s finances stretched to the max, will hit most consumers particularly hard.

Retailers under pressure as consumers snub bad service

2015-12-08 12:29

Retailers will need to up their game as harsh economic realities are making South African consumers more demanding about service levels, a survey shows.

Consumers set to spend vast amount on toys

2015-12-06 18:02

Despite financial pressures, market indicators show that consumers still spend a vast amount on toys, according to an expert.

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