Absa PMI falls notably, in contrast to global performances

The deterioration was broad-based with all five subcomponents of the headline index falling from November

Tractor sales turn around in 2017 following big 2016 drop

A late surge in sales in November and December boosted numbers for the year as certain growing regions finally received rain, albeit patchy

SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

Bumper maize crop boosts tonnage from ports such as Durban while drop in coal exports likely to turn around in 2018 on operational improvements to rail link

Positive trend in world trade lifts factories

While domestic demand remains weak due to low business confidence and policy uncertainty, increased new manufacturing and export orders point to continued ...

December conference lifts SA’s business mood

Sacci says the business confidence index showed an increase in December due to the expectation of greater policy certainty

Policy uncertainty hammering SA, says World Bank

While the World Bank expects SA’s economic growth to accelerate to 1.1% in 2018 from 0.8% in 2017, emerging markets are expected to average 4.5% growth in 2018

Motor industry breathes small sigh of relief as more cars sold in 2017 than year before

In 2017, 557,586 new vehicles were sold, up from 547,547 in 2016 — and would have been better but for a fall-off in December

WATCH: What does 2018 hold for SA?

Business Leadership SA’s Busisiwe Mavuso talks to Business Day TV about the economic and political landscape needed to improve business confidence in SA

SA’s reserves show slight increase in December

The Reserve Bank says the increase in the reserves was partly due to the depreciation of the dollar and the fall in the gold price

Private-sector gloom deepens as PMI falls again

Standard Bank’s whole-economy purchasing managers’ index marks its fifth month running in contraction territory, and its fastest decline in 20 ...

Private sector’s appetite for credit picks up

Credit extended to households and businesses grew faster than expected, with money supply growth also accelerating

SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

At R13.02bn, the surplus is 10 times higher than the consensus of R1.3bn

Fitch cautious on benefits of new ANC leadership

The global credit ratings agency follows Moody’s Investors Service in highlighting the challenges Ramaphosa’s narrow victory brings

Investors like Ramaphosa’s win — but the hard work is yet to come

The initial Ramaphosa rally is already settling down as analysts note that turning SA’s economy around, with rivals within the ANC’s top ranks, ...

Moody’s: Ramaphosa’s win raises prospect of an improvement in SA’s rating

The new ANC president’s narrow win could limit his ability to implement reforms

ANC Conference 2017

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