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22/02 South African retailer Woolworths Holdings Ltd posted a 15 percent fall in half-year profit on Thursday hurt by a hefty write-down charge on the value of its David Jones business in Australia and tough trading conditions in its home market and Australia.  Full story
22/02 Revenue for the interim period remained stable at R10.912 billion (2016: R10.920 billion), gross profit was recorded at R5.265 billion (2016: R5.278 billion), trading profit weakened by 4% to 1.703 billion (2016: R1.769 billion), while profit attributable to equity holders of the company low  Full story
22/02 The chief executive of Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday it might take one more year before the South African precious metal miner resumes dividend payouts.  Full story
21/02 South Africa's new leadership announced on Wednesday it was taking the politically risky step of raising value-added tax for the first time in 25 years, part of efforts to cut the deficit and stabilise debt under new President Cyril Ramaphosa.  Full story
19/02 South Africa's finance ministry is set to spell out "tough decisions" in its 2018 budget on Wednesday to plug a revenue gap and narrow the deficit, providing an early look at how new President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to repair the ailing economy.  Full story
20/02 A Dutch court has ordered Steinhoff International to amend its 2016 accounts, handing victory to a former business partner in a dispute over the ownership of discount furniture store chain POCO, the crisis-hit retailer said on Tuesday.  Full story
07h40 Revenue for the interim period increased by 9.3% to R13.444 billion (2016: R12.297 billion), operating profit climbed 14.6% to R1.832 billion (2016: R1.599 billion), profit for the period attributable to equity. . .  Full story
22/02 Revenue for the interim period remained stable at R10.912 billion (2016: R10.920 billion), gross profit was recorded at R5.265 billion (2016: R5.278 billion), trading profit weakened by 4% to 1.703 billion. . .  Full story
22/02 Revenue for the interim period was 4% lower at R3.4 billion (2016: R3.5 billion). Net profit from operations decreased by 14.7% to R238.9 million (2016: R280.2 million). Profit attributable to owners. . .  Full story
22/02 South African cement producer PPC said Jabu Moleketi has been nominated for the position of chairman of the board to succeed its current chairman Peter Nelson, as it aims to align. . .  Full story
22/02 South African bonds stayed in demand on Thursday as markets priced in expectations that government efforts to reduce the country's large debt pile will enable it hang on to its last. . .  Full story
08h15 Grit Real Estate Income Group Ltd :. . .  Full story
08h14 Turkmenistan on Friday announced the start of construction work on the Afghan section of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline that will link the energy-rich Central Asian nation to Pakistan and India.. . .  Full story
06h17 Gold prices slipped on Friday and were headed for their sharpest weekly drop in 2-1/2 months as the dollar strengthened during the week. Spot gold. . .  Full story
05h46 China's imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) hit record levels in January, as the world's most populous nation rushed to shore up supplies ahead of another cold snap and this month's Lunar New Year. . .  Full story
04h47 Russian aluminium giant Rusal posted a 42 percent jump in fourth-quarter core earnings on Friday, helped by higher aluminium prices, and announced billionaire Oleg Deripaska would step down as president, as expected.. . .  Full story
21/02 U.S. soybean meal futures jumped to their highest level since July 2016 on Tuesday as a drought kept the heat on crops in Argentina, the world's top exporter of the livestock feed.  Full story
15/02 Bitcoin rose above $10,000 on Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, as investors bought back the digital currency after having fallen 70 percent from its all-time peak hit around mid-December.  Full story
14/02 Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday after investor sentiment rebounded following a bullish U.S. inflation report and energy stocks rallied on strong oil prices.  Full story
13/02 Global investors cut equity holdings by the most in two-years in February, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed on Tuesday, as world shares had their worst week since early 2016.  Full story
09/02 The recent sell-off roiling global financial markets has not changed the overall economic outlook and it is not up to regulators to prevent investors from suffering losses, Deutsche Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret said on Friday.  Full story
07h14 following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Friday.. . .  Full story
22/02 South African stocks fell on Thursday led by precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater reporting an annual loss and cutting its dividend, while the rand remained range bound amid risk-on sentiment in emerging assets.. . .  Full story
22/02 South African clothes retailer Truworths on Thursday reported flat retail sales growth in the first-half, which it blamed on a challenging trading period marred by political uncertainty in its home market.. . .  Full story
22/02 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater cut off the dividend stream that has made it an investor darling after reporting an attributable loss for 2017 on Thursday.. . .  Full story
22/02 South African retailer Woolworths Holdings' chief executive said on Thursday he did not believe a hike in value added tax (VAT) would have a negative impact on consumer spending.. . .  Full story
08h11 U.S. businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi's move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated differences. . .  Full story
08h00 U.S. oil production has topped 10 million barrels per day, approaching a record set in 1970, but many investors in the companies driving the shale oil revolution are still waiting for their payday.. . .  Full story
05h34 Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp has dropped legal action to block China's Hisense Group Co Ltd from selling TV sets in North America under Sharp's brand, which Hisense had licensed, the Nikkei business daily reported. . .  Full story
05h16 The U.S. Defense Department has voiced support for the Trump administration's bid to impose national security restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum, although it would prefer a system of targeted tariffs and a delay. . .  Full story
05h11 Chicago soybean futures rose for a fourth consecutive session on Friday, with the market set for a third week of gains as a severe drought in parts of Argentina's oilseed producing regions is expected. . .  Full story
08h11 Oil prices dipped on Friday as high U.S. crude exports outweighed lower crude inventories in the world's biggest consumer of the fuel.. . .  Full story
07h37 South Korea's central bank is widely expected to hold its key interest rate steady at a review next week but appears on course to raise them in May, with the economy on a sustained. . .  Full story
06h58 Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda may have little to cheer about despite landing another five-year term for one of the most influential jobs in the country, if not the world.. . .  Full story
06h41 China's yuan strengthened against the dollar in post-holiday thin trade on Friday, supported by a slightly stronger official guidance rate. The Chinese currency is on course for marginal gains in. . .  Full story
06h23 The dollar edged up against the yen and other currencies on Friday, trimming earlier losses, as global investors gingerly dipped their toes back into riskier assets amid rapidly shifting views on U.S. monetary policy.. . .  Full story
22/02 Kenya shook off a downgrade and the loss of access to an IMF standby credit facility to raise a $2 billion dollar bond at competitive yields, but market participants said on. . .  Full story
22/02 Zambia's annual inflation rate slowed to 6.1 percent in February from 6.2 percent a month earlier, official data showed on Thursday.. . .  Full story
21/02 Kenya began a dollar bond sale on Wednesday that analysts said could reach $3 billion, hours after the International Monetary Fund said the country cannot currently access its $1.5 bln standby credit facility because conditions. . .  Full story
21/02 Zambia's central bank cut its benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points to 9.75 percent on Wednesday, citing lower consumer inflation and weaker economic growth.. . .  Full story
21/02 Governments across sub-Saharan Africa are hitting international debt markets hard and fast to try to beat rising borrowing costs, pushing the region's debt levels to new highs.. . .  Full story
08h21 The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), a state-controlled regulator for the sector, has said it is probing whether auditors played a role in perpetrating the alleged $1.77 billion fraud that Punjab National Bank. . .  Full story
08h02 The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, a dramatic move that highlighted Beijing's willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down. . .  Full story
07h58 Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to tell parliament by next week who he wants to start a five-year term as central bank governor in May, people knowledgeable about the matter say.. . .  Full story
07h56 Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Bhd, the world's third biggest palm plantation operator, on Friday said net profits for the last quarter fell by a third year-on-year.. . .  Full story
07h34 China has suspended publishing its volatility index following the recent stock market rout, as regulators step up efforts to curb speculative trading and shore up investor confidence.. . .  Full story
08h33 Tokyo stocks rose on Friday in light trade as receding fears of more aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes boosted sentiment, with defensive shares such as construction and utilities outperforming.  Full story
08h29 China's money rates were stable in the Lunar New Year holiday-shortened week, as liquidity conditions loosened following a generous cash injection by the central bank. The volume-weighted average rate of the benchmark seven-day repo traded in the interbank market, considered the best indicator o  Full story
08h26 Asian shares rebounded on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries about faster rate rises in the United States, while the dollar ticked higher as investors dipped their toes back into riskier assets.  Full story
08h24 South Korea will resume the sale of 50-year treasury bonds this year after a cancelled plan late last year and expects to hold an auction next month, a vice finance minister told Reuters on Friday.  Full story
08h21 State-owned Finnish alcoholic drinks company Altia said on Friday it was preparing to list its shares on the Helsinki bourse to boost growth.  Full story


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