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  • Retail sales surprised to the upside in November, but lagged sales in October
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales figures for November. The data came out better than expected, but the rate of growth was lower than the revised figure reported for October. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales came in at 2.6% in November Retail sales in South Africa “rose 2.6% year-on-year in November,” reports Fin24. This was high... ››› more
  • [14 January 2015]
  • The rand recoups most of the year's losses as US wage growth disappoints
  • Today, the rand is trading near its strongest level so far for 2015. The local currency has been under pressure as global investors shunned emerging market assets. Friday's non-farm payroll data did better than analysts expected. But concerns relate to the slow growth of average wages. This news fuelled speculation that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) won't hike rates until at least the middle ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but remains vulnerable to further weakness
  • This morning, the rand showed signs of slight strength against the dollar. With the greenback continuing its charge stronger, it's put pressure on South Africa's local currency. Later on today, the US releases its much awaited non-farm payroll data. This is indicative of the health of the US economy. With the chance of the US hiking rates this year, impressive data could put the rand under more... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
  • Business confidence comes under pressure in December and 2015 isn't looking much better
  • Yesterday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) released its figures for business confidence in December. In spite of showing some recovery in November, the business confidence index fell in December. The main factor putting pressure on business confidence is the rand's poor performance. And business confidence looks likely to remain under pressure through the New Year.... ››› more
  • [09 January 2015]
  • Eskom warns of load shedding risk as the power utility encounters yet more problems
  • Earlier today, South African power utility Eskom revealed that the country's facing a high risk of load shedding. This is down to the failure of two of its power generators. For several years, issues with power supplies have plagued SA. This comes as Eskom missed another deadline for opening a new power plant unit. It was due to come online in December. Let's take a closer look at what's ... ››› more
  • [07 January 2015]
  • The petrol price will drop R1.27 come midnight tomorrow
  • Over the festive period, it's easy to overindulge and spend more than you planned. But some respite is on the cards for motorists. Tomorrow night sees a significant drop in the petrol price. So what has led to this large drop in the petrol price? And how much can you look forward to saving? Let's take a closer look… The local petrol price is benefitting from a slump in the oil pr... ››› more
  • [05 January 2015]
  • The rand kicks off 2015 on the back foot
  • The rand has started the New Year off weaker. The local currency is under strain as investors turn their backs on emerging market assets. So what's going on with the rand? And what lies ahead? Let's take a closer look… The dollar’s strength is hitting the rand The rand dipped to “a two-and-a-half week low against the dollar” this morning, says Fin24. This as investors specul... ››› more
  • [05 January 2015]
  • The rand holds its ground, but the odds are stacking up against it
  • Lately, the rand has been on a roller coaster ride. Last week, the local currency weakened to touch six-year lows. As the markets get quieter as many traders take the festive period off, the rand is more vulnerable to weakness. One positive on the rand's side is after the rouble's plunge last week, the Russian currency is on a steadier footings. This has helped emerging market currencies. ... ››› more
  • [22 December 2014]
  • The rand steadies but looks vulnerable as the year draws to a close
  • On Wednesday, the rand hit a six-year low. Yet thanks to a statement by the US Federal Reserve indicating that it has no plans to hike interest rates until well into 2015, the local currency has firmed over the past two days. But the rand remains vulnerable as 2014 comes to an end and going into the New Year. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The rand firms against the ... ››› more
  • [19 December 2014]
  • Producer inflation falls in November, following consumer inflation lower
  • Yesterday, Stats SA released its data on producer inflation for November. The data showed that inflation fell on a year-on-year basis. Yet looking at the data on a month-on-month basis, the key figure remained unchanged. So what led to the easing in yearly data? Let's take a closer look… Producer inflation eased to 6.5% last month Stats SA said that producer inflation, measured... ››› more
  • [19 December 2014]
  • The rand takes some solace from the Fed's intention to keep interest rates low
  • Over the past few days, the rand has been on a volatile ride. The local currency was under pressure following the crash of the Russian rouble on Tuesday. With worries about the health of the South African economy continuing, the rand is bearing the brunt. But the release of a statement by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) last night has helped the rand strengthen slightly today. Let's take a c... ››› more
  • [18 December 2014]

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