ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSUMERS

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.

Consumers spend more on booze than medicine

2013-09-18 11:27

South Africans spend more on alcohol and cigarettes than on medical expenses and more on clothes than on education, a new study has revealed.

SA consumer confidence lowest in Africa - index

2013-09-16 15:11

Consumers in Johannesburg are the most optimistic in South Africa, while Cape Town shows the smallest growth in confidence, according to an index.

Coca Cola wears crown among SA consumers

2013-08-16 17:04

South African consumers have once again indicated their sentiments towards various brands.

Widening gap between income and needs

2013-06-30 14:12

A study has found there is a growing gulf between what people expect their living standards to be and their ability to achieve it.

Scramble to protect consumers' data

2013-06-21 07:52

The Protection of Personal Information Act might soon become law and consumers should be aware of their rights in terms of information used by call centres.

Debt repayment shock

2013-03-24 10:02

A Fin24 user is alarmed by an increase of over 50% in his debt review repayments which he is unable to afford.

New app makes CPA understandable to all

2013-03-15 11:55

Want to know you rights? Now there's a free online guide to help you navigate the ins and outs of the Consumer Protection Act.

Know your rights, urges debt body

2013-03-13 11:40

South African consumers should be aware of their rights when it comes to credit, the National Debt Mediation Association says.

Consumer credit health worsens

2013-02-19 11:54

Consumer credit health is deteriorating this quarter when compared to the fourth quarter of last year‚ leading global credit bureau TransUnion says.

US consumer confidence falls sharply

2012-12-27 17:58

US consumer confidence fell sharply in December to the lowest level since August amid uncertainty about the fiscal cliff crisis.

Breadline basics

2012-11-07 07:06

Whatever happened to service ethos, laments Adriaan Bester.

US consumers boost economic growth

2012-10-26 14:56

US economic growth picked up in the third quarter as a late burst in consumer spending offset the first cutbacks in investment in more than a year by cautious businesses.

Consumers clueless about credit scores

2012-07-10 09:54

A survey has found that many consumers do not realise the importance of knowing their credit score, with most of those polled unaware of their ranking.

 

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.

Consumer confidence drops to decade low

2013-09-25 12:27

After a rebound between the first and second quarters of the year, consumer confidence has plunged to a decade low in the third, shows a confidence index.

Consumers can strike back

2013-09-17 07:44

We do not have to put up with constant strike action, says Aki Kalliatakis.

Thrifty spending habits dying hard

2013-09-12 14:34

Consumers are sticking to frugal shopping habits developed in the recession even as developed economies show signs of recovery, industry executives say.

UK bodies act to bolster consumer safety

2013-07-31 14:32

Four British consumer and business bodies have taken legal steps that could compel the regulator to take swift action to end years if financial scandals.

French consumer morale hits record low

2013-06-27 17:46

French consumer confidence has hit an all-time low amid a warning by state auditor that an economic contraction could knock the government off course.

Lotto payout for a foreigner

2013-04-12 07:53

A regular US visitor to the country wants to know how he can claim his R3.63m Lotto prize and take it home.

Beware new software identity theft scam

2013-04-08 11:29

Banking authorities have warned of a new scam which targets home computer users under the guise of legitimate phone calls from reputable software stores.

New body to tackle consumer complaints

2013-03-17 16:11

Consumers now have a new ombud to turn to if they feel their rights have been infringed and they are unable to resolve their complaints.

Do you know your consumer rights?

2013-03-14 19:43

The National Debt Mediation Association urges consumers to be aware of their rights when it comes to credit, as the world celebrates Consumer Rights Day.

ATM withdrawals stagnant in February

2013-03-11 11:16

Withdrawals from ATMs across the country remained stagnant in February, increasing only 0.69% from January, Spark ATM Systems says.

Gauteng residents SA's most indebted

2013-01-15 10:35

Gauteng has the highest consumer debt per capita of all nine provinces, the SA Institute of Race Relations says.

Banks to review clients' indebtedness

2012-11-04 09:57

Next year banks will have to review their clients' loans to determine if they are affordable, which could affect consumers' ability to obtain credit.

Adra: Not all debt collectors are crooks

2012-08-21 14:56

The Association of Debt Recovery Agents has slated a Fin24 article on debt collection as a gross generalisation of the industry.

 
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