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Producer inflation slows as expected

21 hour(s) ago

Mainly influence is smaller price increases in intermediate manufactured goods, while electricity and water prices rise faster

Economy

Financial sector ‘sound but vulnerable’

Lesetja Kganyago,   governor of the Reserve Bank. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
2 day(s) ago

Households are highly indebted and remain vulnerable given the country’s sluggish economic growth, high unemployment and inequality

Economy

SA industry turnover rises more than 4% in third quarter

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3 day(s) ago

SA industries generate estimated total turnover of R1.96-trillion in third quarter, an increase of 4.2% compared with R1.88-trillion in second quarter

Economy

IMF advises SA to reduce wage growth

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7 day(s) ago

Debt levels have been rising while the budget deficit — the difference between revenue and spending — has stayed large, leaving the government with more to do with less

Economy

Inflation slows amid falling oil prices

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8 day(s) ago

Inflation slows as expected to 5.8% year on year in November from 5.9% in October, supported by lower petrol prices, Statistics SA figures show

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EDITORIAL: Ratings breather not to be wasted

Public sector wages and electricity shortages are two key factors that could tip the scales for all three rating agencies

Economy

SA escapes credit rating downgrade

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4 day(s) ago

National Treasury says in response that government recognises need to steer South Africa’s economic growth trajectory ‘onto a more robust course’

Economy

Feast may end soon as offerings on China’s table start to dwindle

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7 day(s) ago

Slowdown might affect SA, given trade links, writes Colleen Goko

Transport & Tourism

Motorists to start new year with cheaper petrol

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1 day(s) ago

The lower fuel price has contributed to bringing inflation down to 5.8% year on year in November from highs of 6.6% in June

Economy

Retail sales hit 9-month high as consumers buy cheap

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8 day(s) ago

Analyst cautious about the consumption outlook given relatively anaemic levels of domestic growth, a weak labour market, tighter lending and rising interest rates

National

Treasury admits failure with municipalities

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9 day(s) ago

The report paints a bleak picture of the country’s 278 municipalities, with 86 of them in financial distress and 34 more needing close monitoring

Economy

SA continues to attract capital despite strikes

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10 day(s) ago

Capital flows into SA during third quarter in line with those recorded by other emerging markets, where interest rates remain higher than developed countries

Europe

ECB slashes growth and inflation forecasts

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14 day(s) ago

Europe is SA’s main trading partner and any weakness on the continent can hit manufacturing, farming and tourism

Opinion

Softer tone on interest could be just what economy needs

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Lower short-term interest rates can encourage more domestic spending, flows into bond, equity markets that support rand, writes Brian Kantor

Business

Indices show improvement in business confidence last month

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15 day(s) ago

Pace of improvement is slow, indicating concerns remain about factors such as power-supply constraints and weak demand in trading-partner countries

Economy

HSBC PMI shows business conditions still improving

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15 day(s) ago

Business conditions in private sector continue to improve in November but at lesser extent when compared with October, index shows

Economy

Reserve Bank to ‘adjust policy slowly’

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17 day(s) ago

Growth unlikely to rebound enough to significantly ease budget and current account deficits without separate policy adjustments, says central bank

Business Times

The property bubble is still leaking air

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18 day(s) ago

South Africans in urban areas are going to have to get used to two new concepts in the coming years: renting can make sense because property ownership is not an automatic ticket to wealth creation

Economy

Consumer confidence improve slightly

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7 day(s) ago

Consumer confidence index rises slightly to zero in fourth quarter amid expectation of better economic growth, slightly more optimism in buying of durable goods

Economy

Manufacturing production continues its recovery

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8 day(s) ago

Increase in manufacturing output in October indicates activity in sector is stabilising after prolonged period of strike action earlier this year

Economy

Current account deficit narrows in third quarter

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10 day(s) ago

Deficit on current account narrows in third quarter to 6% of gross domestic product, or R230bn, from revised 6.3% (6.2%), or R235bn, in second quarter

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Fitch is unlikely to downgrade SA

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11 day(s) ago

Poor government finances are weighing on SA’s investment-grade ratings

World

Currency reserves ‘shake-up possible’

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11 day(s) ago

Report raises concerns about cross-border debt that emerging market companies issue, arguing it may be less stable than it initially appears

Economy

SA’s policy makers are aware of challenges, says Kganyago

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13 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank governor says economic actors understand ‘binding constraints’, what needs to be done to improve economic prospects

Business

SA’s ‘state-owned enterprises situation of serious concern’

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14 day(s) ago

SA should follow Chinese example by modernising its SOEs as current model is no longer working and can no longer be financed, Goldman Sachs MD says

Economy

SA’s gross reserves fall in November due to drop in foreign exchange reserves

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13 day(s) ago

SA’s gross reserves fall by 0.3% month on month to $48.5m in November as increase in gold reserves is offset by decline in foreign exchange reserves

Economy

Investors ‘not nervous about SA’

16 day(s) ago

Electricity disruption is one of SA’s main challenges, and has been highlighted by many as a restriction to achieving higher economic growth

Economy

PMI data indicates growth in SA economy

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17 day(s) ago

The decline in manufacturing has been one of the reasons behind lacklustre economic growth so far this year

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Data could indicate mixed festive season

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18 day(s) ago

Some economists reckon the Reserve Bank has a window of opportunity to keep rates stable next year, supported by lower oil prices and the subdued economy

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