The economy will struggle to bounce back from a contraction in the first quarter of this year — the worst since the global recession a decade ago — heightening fears SA is edging closer to a recession which could be accelerated as political infighting in the ANC threatens to further weaken investor confidence.

This week, key data — retail trade sales, mining and manufacturing production and sales for April — will provide some clarity on the state of the economy in the second quarter of 2019.

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