Lipstick index is on tongues as cosmetics sales buck recession by Lans
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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Analysts: Pharmaceuticals focus is paying off by Lans
May 5, 2009, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Opinion/Analysis

Analysts have commented favourably on New Clicks’ switch in emphasis to pharmaceutical business, the interim results and the outlook for the company.

Mark Ansley of Cadiz said: “Clicks has turned in an exceptional performance and is now operating like a finely tuned engine.” 
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The truth about Woolworths is in the stores, says Sussman by Lans
March 5, 2009, 8:53 am
Filed under: Opinion/Analysis

By Etienne Swanepoel

Simon Sussman joined Woolworths in 1982 after working at Marks & Spencer in London, where he was the executive professional assistant to the chairman, Marcus Sieff.

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Socially empowering brands can tackle runaway aspirations by Lans
February 7, 2009, 7:08 pm
Filed under: Opinion/Analysis

By Wendy Cochrane

Look no further than the spate of xenophobic violence that ripped through South Africa last year for evidence that our society is dangerously stressed by the twin yoke of desire for the trappings of a “better life”, and limited resources or opportunities to acquire them.

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When times are tough, the tough still go shopping by Lans
November 14, 2008, 7:25 am
Filed under: Local News, Opinion/Analysis, Retail, Trends

Retailers of soft furnishings, pots and pans, cutlery and crockery, such as Mr Price Home and Foschini group’s @home, don’t seem to have anywhere to turn in these tough economic times.

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Strength at the bottom by Lans
September 19, 2008, 8:01 am
Filed under: Local Company News, Opinion/Analysis

While the net worth of thousands of wealthy Americans and Europeans plunged further this week, including many swallows about to follow the sun to their homes in the Cape, not everyone is hurt by the consequences of the bursting of the US housing bubble.

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North or south? by Lans
September 15, 2008, 6:57 am
Filed under: Opinion/Analysis

Steinhoff, the integrated furniture, logistics and motor retail group that failed to buy the JD Group last year, hasn’t given up on the local furniture retail market yet.

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