S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.5 No.210, May 27, 2019
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LET'S MAKE 2019 A REALLY GOOD YEAR!
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Retail last week
Comment from 5 retailers on Saturday
"Absolutely awful. The month has been bad, and down on last year." - Champ Harkison, proprietor, Craft Tailors, Boksburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.
TFG: Apparel turnover up nearly 24%
Cape Town, W Cape, SA (May 23) – The Foschini Group's final results for the year to March 2019 showed that revenue increased to R37.128 billion (2018: R31.463 billion), gross profit rose to R18.281 billion (2018: R14.962 billion), profit attributable to equity holders of TFG climbed to R2.638 billion (2018: R2.407 billion), while headline earnings per share grew 5.6% to 1 187.1 cents per share (2018: 1 124.1 cents per share).
SACTWU 'threat' to AVI over Green Cross
Cape Town, W Cape, SA – Trade union SACTWU said on Friday it has asked the Competition Tribunal to investigate whether AVI Ltd had breached commitments on jobs it made when it acquired Green Cross Manufacturing in 2012. At the time, AVI said it had bought Green Cross because of its chain of retail stores, but that it was prepared to continue with the factory.
Durban, KZN, SA – Grant Hansen, sales director, leather, at Apeco, will be leaving to join Fusion Leather from June 1. He will be based in Cape Town, which is where he originally came from. He was with Apeco for 24 years.
Theo Heffer dies
Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA – Theo Heffer, the long-serving general secretary of the Association of Manufacturers of General Goods and Handbags, died last Tuesday after a long illness. "He will be fondly remembered by all with whom he had contact as a true gentleman, kind, caring and fair to all, in all circumstances (and a great lover of good red wine)," wrote association chair Mandy Owen. "Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and specially to his son and daughter- in-law, Gavin and Lisa, who cared for him so lovingly over the past months." There will be an obituary in S&V Footwear & Leather Goods later this week.
They Said ItThis week, some home truths about couples who work together
"I work there, but he doesn't pay me." - Angelina Nieuwoudt, who manages Midland Tannery's leather goods shop. The 'he' is husband Rudie, Midland's GM. They've also developed a buck-passing system; when someone asks either of them a question neither wants to answer, they say "Ask her (him) - he's (she's) the boss."
"She makes the coffee - if I'm good." - Nicolae Sfarlea, leather technician for Smit & Zoon, speaking about his wife, Doina, who had said she now worked for him after leaving DyStar.
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Please note that we have put a list of the 2019 trade fairs and conferences on our website, linked to their websites: http://www.svmag.co.za/events
ABSA Agri Trends 24/05: Hides & skins prices
Bovine hides R1.72/kg. NB* Hide prices are determined by the average of the RMAA (Red Meat Abattoir Association) and independent companies. Dorper skins R36.67/skin.
27/05/1944: Richard Bunyard, left the industry, formerly GW Cowie & Co, Durban.
In Memoriam this week
27/05/2002: Stan Austin (b. 28/11/1915), Austin Shoes [closed], Pietermaritzburg.
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Next newsletter: June 3, 2019.