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Economy

SA gross reserves fall in January

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Reserves of gold and foreign exchange have decreased as the rand battles to find its footing against a stronger dollar

Economy

Business confidence improves marginally in January

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Sacci says an uncertain business climate and a hesitant business mood is still in place and decisive steps are needed to put the economy on track for recovery

Economy

Moody’s warns that lower growth is credit negative for SA

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Rating agency says the near-zero growth rate is a ‘significant further downward shift’ in the already narrow tax base

Economy

PMI shows private sector business confidence remains weak

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However, the slight improvement in the PMI — from 49.1 to 49.6 — suggests conditions deteriorated at a slower pace

Economy

Government needs to keep out of economy, warns academic

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Wits economist says labour-market reforms, privatisation and no increases in corporate taxes may help SA record higher levels of investment and growth

Economy

Poverty to rise as SA flirts with recession, says report

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World Bank says 7.2% growth needed from 2018 to reduce poverty and joblessness while economy faces multiple risks

Economy

Exports give Mercedes sales impetus

Mercedes-Benz SA CEO Arno van der Merwe.  Picture: QUICKPIC

Mercedes-Benz SA exports nearly 90% of C-Class production at its East London assembly plant

Economy

Growth at risk as factories stuck in rut

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SA and China manufacturing data push rand over R16/$ while JSE and Shanghai Composite both close down on news

Economy

Rate hike welcomed … but not by Moody’s

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Moody’s says hike affects ability of borrowers to afford their debt and repay it adversely, making it a negative for banks

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Watch Malema vs Sunter in heavyweight debate on economy

South Africa’s economy: boom or bust? That’s the question to be answered in a battle of the heavyweights in Cape Town on Friday February 12 – and you can attend

Economy

Consumer credit health likely to take a knock

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Higher food prices, inflation and interest rates likely to lead to sharp deterioration in consumer credit health

Economy

World Bank downgrades SA’s growth prospects

A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo in October 2012. Picture: REUTERS

The bank sees SA’s economy growing 0.8% this year from an earlier forecast of 1.4%, and next year at 1.1% from 1.6%

Economy

Gordhan and CEOs set sights on ratings

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Top business leaders unite on concerns over possible downgrade and knock-on effects to cost of borrowing, financial markets, business and ordinary South Africans

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Industry and consumers will be in spotlight

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New vehicle sales unlikely to provide positive signals on the consumption side of economy, writes Claire Bisseker

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Jacob Zuma’s last shot at redemption

President must harness capacity and know-how of business sector to turn around South Africa’s dire fortunes, writes Peter Bruce

Opinion

Gordhan’s budget can help restore some credibility

Investors are scrutinising two key events — interest rates decision and Pravin Gordhan’s budget — for clues whether policy makers will really ‘do what it takes’

Economy

New vehicle sales fall 6.9% year on year in a continuing downward trend

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The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA predicts the full-year 2016 car market will fall 9% from last year’s level to about 375,000 units

Economy

SA scores high on policy uncertainty index

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The sacking of Nhlanhla Nene, an interest-rate hike in November and negative assessments by rating agencies have all contributed to uncertainty

Economy

Manufacturing PMI tumbles in January

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Barclays says purchasing managers are pessimistic and the index measuring expected business conditions in six months’ time fell to the lowest in almost seven years

Markets

How has oil come to dominate so many industries?

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Theories on what is underpinning the connection range from a straight economic signal to speculation that the plunge in oil threatens to lay waste to everything

National

Diesel price drop to bring some relief

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CEO of debt management firm Debt Rescue, Neil Roets‚ says drop in diesel price will bring some relief to consumers who depend on road transportation to convey commodities like food

Land & Agriculture

High red meat prices could mean a crash in the market

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The current poor exchange rate will also affect the potential import of lamb to make up for the shortages in this sector

Opinion

Agoa compromises raise questions about goals

Agoa part of disjointed debate about future of local industry, exports and the creation of work

Opinion

Collective capitalism may bridge our divides

Unifying power of open platforms in sharing economy offer a real chance for sustainable development in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma and Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Picture: ELMOND JIYANE/GCIS

THE POINT: Let’s start with prioritising quality education

South Africa still Africa’s powerhouse but we must set measurable goals for substantial improvements in our education system so fourth industrial revolution does not leave us behind, writes Owen Skae

Economy

Rental firms keep new car sales moving

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A 49.6% surge in rental sales helps offset a 12.6% slump in sales to private consumers

Economy

Reserve Bank raises rates as it flags bleak year ahead

South African Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago announces the decision on interest rates in Pretoria on Thursday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Growth will be lower than 1% while inflation to stay higher for longer with sharply depreciating rand

Property

Affordability is likely to be theme for property market in 2016

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Seeff Properties says market will absorb 50 basis point rate hike, but there will be a knock-on effect and first-time buyers will battle to get finance

Economy

Food and machinery prices push producer inflation up

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The rise in the producer price index, or PPI, accelerated to 4.8% in December as the drought pushes up food prices and the rand makes machinery import more expensive

Opinion

Empower our cities to lead way to economic recovery

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South Africa needs its cities and their leaders to punch above their weight for economic recovery and job creation

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Don’t let dogma shape the budget

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a media briefing in Pretoria. Picture:  REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

In tough economic times, nothing is sacrosanct. It's time to make hard decisions and implement them

Standard Bank

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