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The business process outsourcing industry association for South Africa has appointed a new CEO following the re-launch of the national organisation.
Europe's main stock markets have closed higher, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index ending the day up 0.15% to 7 062.93 points.
Data analytics can enhance collections and companies should start taking advantage of it, says Blake Group’s global head of sales Tracey Swart.
US stock have been set to rise at the open as a spate of companies beat lowered expectations, helping to ease fears of a disappointing earnings quarter.
Steinhoff, which last year agreed to buy Pepkor for R62.94bn, has said it would buy out fellow investors in furniture chain JD Group, offering R34 per share for the 13.22% stake.
Oil prices have eased as a climate of high crude supplies offsets moves by China to boost the world's second largest economy and biggest consumer of energy.
Eurozone government debt has surged to the highest levels since the introduction of the single currency, underscoring the challenges confronting the 19-nation bloc.
The biggest ever corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobas is causing bankruptcies among suppliers, with job losses mounting by the tens of thousands.