Average consumers are spending their money largely on transport, housing and food.
Consumers, governments and environmental demands are making research and development a stronger imperative for companies every year.
Add the big rise in unsecured lending to low economic growth and the problem is clear.
Recent months have brought the consumer a barrage of bad news.
As consumers tighten their purse strings, retailers are sticking to their game plans, writes Nicola Mawson.
An amnesty for blacklisted consumers might be on the cards early next year but if implemented poorly, it could be bad for borrowers and lenders alike.
Fund managers are divided over South African retail shares, which have outperformed resources by 20%.
Consumer price inflation slowed markedly in May, reaching 5.7% year on year thanks mainly to an unexpected drop in some food prices.
Alarm bells are not going off just yet, but experts say the rise in unsecured credit in South Africa is a worrying trend. Lynley Donnelly reports
A local organisation has made it their mission to use technology to help us become more responsible shoppers.
Maya Fisher-French investigates a website that makes it easier to complain
Credit data released by the Reserve Bank on Wednesday shows that consumers have been spending less.
South African consumers are more financially vulnerable than might be expected, the Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index released on Thursday found.
A "balanced solution" is needed when it comes to compensating airline passengers denied permission to board a flight because it is overbooked.
The Lifestyle SA Festival, titled Celebrating Black, looks to redefine the way black consumers are represented in the public sphere.