The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
There are five main trends impacting South Africa's apple and pear industry, says the managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing.
Lenders are running out of options to get consumers to spend and the asset price bubble is growing bigger as the cost of credit plummets. Can this situation continue unabated?
A new order by the high court to determine the interpretation of 'collection costs' is expected to have far-reaching consequences for over-indebted consumers.
Cash-strapped South African consumers are becoming over-indebted sooner and with far fewer credit agreements than they did before, a debt review report shows.
The challenge in the changing retail sector is for shop owners and shopping malls to find ways to create spaces where people want to congregate, says and expert at a global design and architecture firm.
Research indicates that 82% of South Africans believe the country is going in the wrong direction, a 'trend spotter' tells delegates at a retail conference.
The Consumer Goods Council of SA is concerned that the violent protests in the country could lead to a significant impact on stock available for retailers.
The way South Africans are consuming certain liquors is changing from traditional, heritage brands to modern, urban brands, says a fine liquor merchant.
Consumer spending can likely not be the driving force anymore of the outperformance of retail property over industrial property and office space, says John Loos of FNB Commercial Property Finance.
Local business leaders could be losing out on significant bottom line gains for not paying attention to customer service, says a customer experience expert.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed two acts into law that will have a significant impact on the real estate industry, says the CEO of MultiNET Home Loans.
Consumer demand for credit remained high in the third quarter of 2019 in the face of difficult economic conditions, shows a newly released TransUnion report.
The expectation is that this year's Black Friday – on Friday November 29 – will do better than last year, because it falls after payday.
"Given the size of the required adjustment, additional tax measures are under consideration," Treasury warned in its medium-term budget.
The National Consumer Commission is understaffed, members of Parliament heard.
The Durban Central police station reported the most shoplifting cases in South Africa.
Data reflected in the latest BankservAfrica Private Pension Index could be indicating that South Africans getting private pensions are using up the funds faster than they should.
For every rand that one household in South Africa saves, another household is "dis-saving" by spending on credit, says a professor in economics.
Small and medium sized local commercial businesses play a vital role in the SA economy and a new report tries to establish what makes consumers big fans of the companies they love. Is your favourite among them?
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