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Economic Update | Markets digest credit ratings downgrades in South Africa

26 Apr 2017
South Africa Economy
Rising uncertainty over fiscal policy has seen South Africa’s sovereign credit cut to junk status by two rating agencies, although the move appears to have had only a modest impact on the currency...

Economic Update | South Africa’s agriculture industry rallies after drought

31 Mar 2017
South Africa Agriculture
Welcome rains in late summer and autumn brought some respite for South Africa’s agricultural producers towards the end of 2016, helping to boost yields and improving the chances of recovery after a...

Economic Update | South Africa’s banks buoyed by growth forecasts

24 Feb 2017
South Africa Banking
In a move that bucked broader trends on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), South Africa’s banks saw their share prices jump in 2016, underpinned by a recovery in the commodities market, higher...

Economic Update | South Africa Year in Review 2016

19 Jan 2017
South Africa Economy
South Africa’s economy faced another challenging year in 2016, as soft commodity prices, slow domestic demand and an uncertain political outlook combined to limit growth, with prospects for the...

Economic Update | Footfall swings toward smaller outlets in South Africa’s retail sector

23 Nov 2016
South Africa retail space
Growth in trading density – a measure of turnover per sq metre of retail space – for South Africa’s larger malls has lagged behind that of smaller shopping centres, in part a reflection of the...

Economic Update | South African retailers look to year-end bounce

27 Oct 2016
South Africa retail
Sales growth in South Africa’s retail sector has cooled, a result of a slow economy and conservative consumer sentiment, but there is cause for cautious optimism as the approach of summer and...