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  • *Faltering euro zone and China, disinflation biggest risks. BENGALURU, Jan 15- Global economic growth will be modest at best in the coming year as weak inflation persists, Reuters polls showed on Thursday, while a faltering euro zone and China could restrain it further. Economists polled over the past week by Reuters say the biggest risk to the global economy this...

  • WARSAW, Jan 14- South African e-commerce and media firm Naspers is looking to sell its Polish operations, including Eastern Europe's largest web auction service Allegro, sources said on Wednesday. Naspers wants to focus more on faster growing markets like Brazil and China. Naspers bought it in 2007 for 946 million pounds and used the Allegro model in the Czech...

  • *Poll details: reuters:// realtime/verb= Open/url= cpurl:// apps.cp./ Apps/fx-polls. BRASILIA, Jan 7- Emerging market currencies will stay under pressure in 2015, a Reuters poll found, though they may not fall as much as last year as lower commodity prices and tighter monetary policy in the United States could be largely priced in already. "The dichotomy between the...

  • Uber vehicles impounded in South Africa - executive Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 6- Police in Cape Town, South Africa, impounded 33 Uber vehicles over the weekend in a dispute over what type of permits drivers should hold, an Uber executive said. Last month, it drew bans in France, Spain and the Netherlands. In Cape Town, after several months of discussion with Uber, officials decided late last year on a metered-taxi license.

  • Recolonizing Africa: A modern Chinese story? Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    China, one of the world's largest "emerging" investors, is ramping up investment in Sub Saharan Africa as it searches for resources, but whether the benefits are mutual isn't clear.

  • Investors bet on the world's newest middle class Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    A customer browses men's shoes in the footwear department inside a Truworths International Ltd. fashion store in Sandton, South Africa

    Experts reveal which sectors in Africa are poised to make headway, and how investors are tapping in.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12- South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts of power into the country's constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. Another non-government source familiar with the bidding said the following firms were strong contenders: Johannesburg- based...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10- South African stocks rebounded on Wednesday, led by gold mining companies such as Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti which rose on the back of a firm gold price and a weaker rand. Gold Fields was the biggest climber on Johannesburg's broader All-share index, gaining 6.6 percent to its highest level in more than a year. Africa's largest gold...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Standard Chartered has set up a board committee responsible for financial crime compliance, a day after U.S. authorities extended monitoring of the bank by three years. Standard Chartered said on Wednesday its new Board Financial Crime Risk Committee will be chaired by Simon Lowth, who has been a non-executive director at the bank since May 2010...

  • *South Africa suffers worst blackouts since 2008. JOHANNESBURG, Dec 9- Businesses have shut up shop, generators have sold out and cars play cat-and-mouse at darkened road junctions in South Africa, where power cuts have suddenly become a daily reality. Under white minority rule, South Africa subsidised electricity heavily to attract foreign investment,...

  • *Expected Mugabe successor reveals nationalist thinking. HARARE, Dec 9- When veteran Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe sacked his vice-president in front of 12,000 baying party members last week, Emmerson Mnangagwa sat quietly in the crowd, a green baseball cap pulled low over his eyes. It's a tactic that ZANU-PF embraced to deflect its responsibility for the...

  • RPT--African insurers in vogue as incomes rise Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major companies, including Swiss Re, Prudential and Sanlam, are buying insurers in Africa, with the focus on...

  • BHP Billiton names spin-off company South32 Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Dec 8- A planned spin-off of businesses by global miner BHP Billiton will be called South32 when it seeks multiple stock listings next year, BHP said on Monday. The new name recognizes that most of South32's operations are in the southern hemisphere, with its two regional centers- Australia and South Africa- linked by the thirty-second parallel south...

  • African insurers in vogue as incomes rise Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major companies, including Swiss Re, Prudential and Sanlam, are buying insurers in Africa, with the focus on...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 1- Anglo American Platinum expects full-year earnings to fall by at least 20 percent because of the record five-month strike that hit its South African operation, it said on Monday. The wages dispute with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, which ended in June, cost Amplats 424,000 ounces in lost production and a further...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Oil prices plunge after OPEC decides against output cut. CALGARY- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. BOGOTA- Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their land...

  • *Oil price slump squeezes Nigeria, Angola. The highest profile victim so far has been Africa's top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent this week after the central bank admitted dwindling reserves were making it hard to defend it. In dollar terms, the devaluation knocked $40 billion off the value of Nigeria's economy-...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 27- Some investors in failed South African lender African Bank Investments have received offers for its preference shares, the company said on Thursday, a possible sign of interest in the bank ahead of a planned relisting. African Bank has 13.5 million preference shares listed in Johannesburg, according to Reuters data.

  • Lack of coal may bring Ukraine to its knees this winter Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Nov 26- A shortage of coal, rather than gas, is likely to plunge Ukraine into freezing darkness this winter as conflict in its east seals off supplies that used to make it self sufficient. "We have no energy reserves now, everything works on maximum and every technical problem can lead to sharp power cuts," said Andrey Favorov, managing director of...

  • *Platinum, palladium traders sued by jewelry maker. NEW YORK, Nov 25- Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Germany's BASF SE and two other big platinum and palladium dealers have been sued in the United States in what the plaintiff's law firm called the first nationwide class action over alleged price-fixing of the metals. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District...