Inflation is contained and an interest rate rise is unlikely, say analysts

Consumer prices rose at their fastest pace so far this year in Stats SA's latest reading, but the economy remains weak

Retail sales grow almost 2% in May after lifting just 0.5% in April

Furniture retailers noted the biggest growth in May from the same month in 2017, with sales rising 14.4%

Big Mac Index suggests the rand is hugely undervalued

The Economist’s latest Big Mac index published on July 11 rated only the Swiss franc and Swedish krona as overvalued

Consumer inflation accelerates as fuel prices bite

But the 4.6% increase in CPI was a little better than expected — possibly thanks to zero inflation in food prices

Japan and EU sign trade agreement amid worries about Trump’s trade war

The deal, which creates the world’s largest open economic area, hopes to counter Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies

China keeps 6.5% growth target despite recent signs of weakness

GDP growth slowed, factory expansion was the weakest in two years and the US trade war hangs over China — but it says there is ‘policy room’ ...

UK employment hits a record high, but pay growth slows

The figures point to healthy demand for labour as the economy picked up from a snow-blighted first quarter

Consumer confidence surprises with only slight dip in second quarter

The Bureau for Economic Research has warned that consumers are unlikely to sustain their optimism under prevailing economic conditions

WATCH: How will SA weather the US tariff onslaught?

Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter talks to Business Day TV about SA’s concerns about US tariffs

IMF expects better outlook for SA and Nigeria will lift region

Growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase from 2.8% in 2017 to 3.4% in 2018

WATCH: Getting to grips with the challenges facing SA’s economy

Investec chief economist Annabel Bishop talks to Business Day TV about the recent mining and manufacturing data

US duties to knock SA’s Agoa exports

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies fights tariffs on automotive products as a bid for exemption as small exporter is rejected

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Mixed views on when Bank will hike rates

Retail data for May are expected to reflect a slight growth, writes Asha Speckman

Rob Davies fights US tariffs on automotive products

US duties on vehicle and vehicle component imports threaten to knock SA’s Agoa benefits

Rob Davies says SA’s meat producers could sue the US if it imposes aluminium tariffs

The trade minister says the concessions SA has made on pork, poultry and beef, ‘as a quid pro quo’, are linked to SA’s continuing benefit ...

WATCH: What can be done to help SA’s embattled mining sector?

Cadiz Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major talks to Business Day TV about the data and what it means for the sector

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