RETAIL sales accelerated much more than expected in February, suggesting that the expected slowdown in consumer spending may not be as severe as feared and lifting gloom over the growth outlook.

The Reserve Bank has done well to balance economic growth and the need to create jobs in its policy decisions, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.

The Reserve Bank will continue to build up South Africa’s level of reserves -- which are low compared to the country’s peers -- when market conditions are conducive.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 15:04

Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 5%

The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has kept the repo rate unchanged at 5%, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus said on Wednesday.

"The monetary policy stance remains accommodative and appropriate, with the real policy rate remaining slightly negative. Further accommodation at this stage is constrained by the upside risks to the inflation outlook.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 20:25

Seek Equity, Property To Earn Real Returns

In light of the pessimistic economic outlook, it is important to look for good quality equity and listed property shares that have strong dividend/distribution payment histories, attractive current yields and are going to grow the dividend/distribution income stream in the future.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:18

CPI rises to 5.5% in September

"Headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in September 2012 was 5.5%. This rate was 0.5% higher than the corresponding annual rate of 5% in August 2012," said Stats SA.

For the six months ended 29 February 2012 and on a comparable recurring income basis, a total distribution growth of 6.6% on the prior period occurred

Friday, 13 April 2012 02:00

Listed property:overview and growth

Catalyst Fund Managers’ recent report on the listed property sector provides for some interesting perspectives, including how a particular growth strategy through potential hostile take-over bid, could shape up

Listed property was a beneficiary of August’s more benign interest rate expectations, with a 2.8% total return

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