Dis-Chem and Clicks remain attractive

Clicks and Dis-Chem shares buck the trend to close near their record highs — and not necessarily because of genetic imperatives

Shoprite sales edge forward

Food retailer declines 2% after trading update shows total turnover rose just 10.4% in ‘challenging’ conditions

J&J raises full-year profit forecast on quarterly earnings

Johnson & Johnson is banking on new products to re-accelerate its growth, partly helped by its cancer drugs

Direct selling rakes in R12.9bn

Direct sellers are coining it as more people join the industry amid tough economic conditions

Massmart’s sales slow as SA slips into recession

Interim update indicates retail-sector slowdown as food side of business performs better than nonfood categories

Mazda SA recall expands Takata airbag crisis

The recalls come at a time when the motor industry is under pressure to develop the next generation of technology

Trading conditions squeeze Woolworths’ growth hopes

Increasingly difficult macro climate in SA and Australasia damps investor expectations of retail group

In seeking lifestyle-focused investments, Long4Life buys spa group Sorbet

The Long4Life board says Sorbet represents an ‘excellent platform’ for the company to expand its interests in the health, beauty and grooming arena

H&M poised to open giant Canal Walk store as it settles in for long haul after finding its feet

Business Day asks H&M South Africa country manager Pär Darj if the retailer is overextending itself

Commission needs more time to understand opaque retail sector

Are the government’s regulations as much of a stumbling block for small players as the power of the large retailers?

Inquiry seeks data on informal retail

Big four supermarket chains and the Competition Commission want figures on size of small grocers’ contribution to the sector

Thirst for beer has AB InBev brewing more

Anheuser-Busch InBev has hit the ground running in expanding its facilities in SA

Franchisees spur Taste probe

National Consumer Commission to investigate firm after complaints of failing to honour contractual obligations

Consumers’ love affair with high-fat products leaves butter dishes bare

Dairy product producer Clover is uncertain how long the ‘major shortage of butter’ will last

Bottler of Coke adds asset in Kenya

Continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler will add to its operations with the 100% acquisition of Kenya’s Equator Bottlers

TFG, Truworths look offshore for growth

SA apparel retailers diversify revenue streams, developed market foothold offers scale

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