Five trends impacting SA's apple and pear industries - and yes, the coronavirus is one

2020-02-29 16:31

There are five main trends impacting South Africa's apple and pear industry, says the managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing.

How will the surge in negative-yielding debt end?

2020-02-13 09:52

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?

Victory for over-indebted consumers burdened by garnishee order costs

2019-12-13 20:45

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.

South Africans now over-indebted sooner after fewer credit agreements - report

2019-11-16 17:19

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.

Move past the three-minute wow factor, expert warns shopping malls

2019-10-25 20:08

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.

82% of South Africans believe the country is going in the wrong direction – survey

2019-10-19 07:00

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.

Violence can impact availability of retail stock in SA, says industry body

2019-09-08 07:25

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 SA liquor market is changing - these are the new favourites, says expert

2019-08-21 06:02

The way South Africans are consuming certain liquors is changing from traditional, heritage brands to modern, urban brands, says a fine liquor merchant.

Concerns for retail property sector - survey

2019-08-02 18:40

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.

SA retail 'squandering' sales growth - client experience expert

2019-07-03 22:17

Local business leaders could be losing out on significant bottom line gains for not paying attention to customer service, says a customer experience expert.

 

Two new laws impacting property - and what you should know about them

2020-02-29 15:28

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.

Defaults on debts increase as economy begins to bite - report

2019-12-14 10:27

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.

Payday good news for retailers this Black Friday, but December may be a different story

2019-11-28 20:14

The expectation is that this year's Black Friday – on Friday November 29 – will do better than last year, because it falls after payday.

South Africans may be hit with extra taxes next year - Treasury

2019-10-30 15:50

"Given the size of the required adjustment, additional tax measures are under consideration," Treasury warned in its medium-term budget.

Consumer watchdog laments understaffing as it tackles Ford, unsafe meat, timeshare cases

2019-10-23 12:20

The National Consumer Commission is understaffed, members of Parliament heard.

Shoplifting is on the decline in SA - down by a third over the past decade

2019-09-12 18:33

The Durban Central police station reported the most shoplifting cases in South Africa.

South Africans could be eating into their pensions too fast - economist

2019-08-31 10:39

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.

Household savings rate in SA actually zero - economist

2019-08-10 08:00

For every rand that one household in South Africa saves, another household is "dis-saving" by spending on credit, says a professor in economics.

SA's 12 'most loved' local businesses - Santam survey

2019-07-12 14:09

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?

Debt: Common metrics don’t tell the full story

2019-05-16 10:50

Good debt, bad debt, no debt? Very few South Africans can live debt-free, and utilising debt facilities like home and car loans are not necessarily poor financial decisions. However, there’s a reason it’s called a debt spiral. And millions of South Africans are struggling to stay out of that spiral.

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