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1st July 2024 Morning Biz News: OK Foods Cuts Costs, Rand Rallies, Oil Prices Rise, and Euro Gains Amid Political Shifts

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OK Foods Leads with Significant Basket Cost Reduction

OK Foods has demonstrated remarkable cost management, recording the largest year-on-year decrease in basket cost among the seven stores surveyed by The Brief. The basket cost, which was close to N$1100 in June last year, has dropped by 11.65% to N$984.11 this past June. This reduction highlights OK Foods’ commitment to providing value to its customers amidst challenging economic conditions.

South African Rand Rallies on Coalition Optimism

The South African rand has shown resilience, rallying on optimism surrounding the formation of a broad coalition government. In a landscape marked by heightened geopolitical risks, the rand emerged as one of the few emerging market currencies to gain ground in the first half of the year. It surged 1.6% against the US dollar, marking its largest increase since mid-June. This rally reflects investor confidence in South Africa’s political stability and economic prospects.

Oil Prices Rise on Supply Deficit Forecasts

Oil prices edged higher in early trade on Monday, driven by forecasts of a supply deficit due to peak summer fuel consumption and continued OPEC+ production cuts in the third quarter. However, according to Reuters, these gains were moderated by global economic challenges and rising output from non-OPEC+ countries. The delicate balance between supply constraints and economic uncertainties continues to influence oil market dynamics.

Euro Gains Amid French Election Results

The euro experienced an uptick on Monday following the first round of France’s snap election, which saw the far-right leading, though by a smaller margin than anticipated. Meanwhile, Japan’s economic landscape faced a setback with a downgrade to its first-quarter growth figures, leading to a decline in the yen. These developments underscore the complex interplay of political and economic factors affecting currency markets.

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Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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