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October 22, 2018

SA REMAINS AFRICA’S TOP PICK FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

SA is still the most attractive financial market for international investors in Africa, according to the Absa Africa financial markets index.

The country remained in the top position for the second year running with a score of 93 out of 100, supported by strong financial market infrastructure and a robust legal framework.

Despite this, the report warns that SA’s macroeconomic performance deteriorated in the past year as it plunged into recession for the first time since the global financial crisis, exposing SA to “rising financial risks”.

This could result in the country being challenged for the top spot by the likes of Kenya, Nigeria and [...]

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September 27, 2018

THE EVOLVING NATURE OF CATEGORY LEADERSHIP IN RETAIL

In the past, when I would go country to country, clients would complain when I would show examples from outside of their region or country. The might say, ‘our country is different’, says Ray Gaul, VP of research and analytics: market insights at Kantar Consulting. He says that recently, that story has changed. When I show examples of in-store best practices, I get the question ‘is that brand doing all the right things in highly developed e-commerce markets?’

The implication is that to be a ‘best practice’ category leader in 2018, you need to be doing three things right:

1. In-store category leadership 2. Digital category leadership 3. Leadership [...]

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July 23, 2018

MOBILE USERS : AFRICA VS ASIA

Asia and Africa are seen as the two fastest growing mobile markets, but it has been highlighted that neither of them have historically been big app users. Most of the traffic seen on mobile devices in both regions is still spent on web pages, unlike for example in the US where more than 80 percent of mobile traffic is accounted for by apps. This may be quite surprising to some as Asia is home to the two largest mobile markets worldwide in China and India.

Phone ownership is continuing to increase though in Africa, in particular in some countries such as Nigeria and South Africa, which is now on a par with the USA, however mobile penetration rates across Central Africa remains [...]

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