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Escapist urge helps outdoor apparel firms weather slump
October 14, 2009, 9:30 am
Filed under: Retail

By Florence de Vries

Companies that sell outdoor apparel and equipment appear to have fared well during the recession largely because they cater to specialist markets.

Morné Strydom, the marketing manager of outdoor apparel group First Ascent, believes what sets it and its competitors apart from the rest of the clothing retail sector is the focus on products designed for niche outdoor activities such as climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.
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Shoprite – DRC move may bear no fruits
October 14, 2009, 9:28 am
Filed under: Retail

Shoprite’s moves outside South Africa have stood it in good stead in the past 10 years, but its move into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been met with scepticism from retail analysts, who do not believe trading in the DRC will contribute significantly to the group’s earnings. The retail giant plans to start trading in the DRC by the end of next year after investing about R400 million. Some analysts believe the DRC move may be all talk and no show, as was the case with Egypt. – Florence de Vries



Dis-Chem considers future listing
October 7, 2009, 11:31 am
Filed under: Retail

October 6, 2009 By Florence de Vries PharmaceuticaL retailer Dis-Chem will consider listing on the JSE, according to director Saul Saltzman, although analysts predict it will not happen within the next year. Established in Mondeor, Johannesburg in 1978, the Dis-Chem group is still owned by the original founders.

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Cashbuild’s strategy pays off
September 30, 2009, 11:35 am
Filed under: Retail

By Florence de Vries

Building materials retailer Cashbuild’s dominant footprint in markets with lower household income and rural cash-based areas have proven an effective strategy.
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Retail chains sharpen focus amid recession
September 15, 2009, 10:54 am
Filed under: Retail

By Florence de Vries

A recession can show which retailers have the correct strategy, and those giving value for money are now the victors.

Speaking on the retail sector’s performance this year, Michael van Wyk, the head of retail at Deloitte, said at the weekend that retailers offering value-for-money products would stand out above the rest.
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Lipstick index is on tongues as cosmetics sales buck recession
September 15, 2009, 10:51 am
Filed under: Opinion/Analysis, Retail

By Florence de Vries

Recessions mean wistful meanders past designer dress racks and reluctantly hanging on to your four-year-old car. It means more Land Rovers stay put in showrooms and lavish dinners at swanky restaurants become few and far between.
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Funding dampens building prospects
September 15, 2009, 10:44 am
Filed under: Trends

Sector looks beyond 2010
September 9, 2009

By Roy Cokayne

Major construction firms are confident of growth in their order books beyond next year’s Fifa World Cup projects, which have buoyed the industry in the past lean years, though funding remains a pressing concern.
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