German Ifo Business Climate Index Increased by 0.3
The Germany Ifo Business Climate Index increased by 0.3 for the month of August. The highly regarded key indicator came in at 108.3 beating forecasts of 107.6 and July 108 record.
According to the report released by Ifo Institute for Economic Research, “the growing satisfaction with the current situation has again increased significantly”.
In manufacturing the business climate has deteriorated slightly due to the markedly cautious expectations of industrial companies. However, they are more satisfied with their current business situation. Fewer companies plan to increase production in the coming months.
In wholesaling, the index has fallen. The very good assessments of the business situation from the previous month were not matched. The expectations, however, are somewhat more optimistic.
In retailing, the business climate improved to its highest level since June 2011. The surveyed retailers were very satisfied with their current situation. The outlook for the coming months brightened further.
In construction, the index has risen to its highest level since March 2014. The contractors were particularly more satisfied with their current business situation. Their expectations brightened further.
Accordingly to Ifo institute, the Ifo Business Climate indicator for the German service sector has risen from 26.0 to 30.6 balance points in August.
This is a new historic peak. The assessments of the current situation given by the service providers have never been so good. In addition, they expect business to improve further. Correspondingly, they plan to hire additional staff.
Unilever Nigeria to Reposition Products For Expansion
A renowned consumer goods manufacturer, Unilever Nigeria Plc has disclosed plans to reposition its products and expand its business for sustainability.
Unilever Nigeria Plc produces and markets consumables that include foods, household, beauty, cleansing amongst other goods, Investors King reports.
In a corporate notice signed by its Secretary, Abidemi Ademola sent to the Nigerian Exchange Limited, the company stated that its home care and skin cleansing markets will cease to exist while a rebranding takes place for increment in profit.
According to the company, the change in its business model became expedient to fast track the organisation’s growth and further satisfy the needs of their customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders.
Ademola explained that the new strategy would involve digital measures to simplify the business process while chances of devaluation will be avoided and reduced in the market upgrade.
The company had already visualised the extinction of the home care and skin cleansing categories in 2023 for the general growth of the firm and particularly to build a sustainable business.
The statement read in part, “this will involve repurposing the portfolio by exiting the home care and skin cleansing categories to concentrate on higher growth opportunities.
“Strengthening business operations with measures to digitise and simplify processes; and focusing more on business continuity measures that reduce exposure to devaluation and currency liquidity in our business model.”
NGX: 16 Companies Fined N779m Between 2020 and 2022
No fewer than 16 business firms have been penalised by the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) for market-related offences between 2020 and 2022.
Investors King gathered that the total sum of N779.5 million was imposed as fine on the erring companies that cut across manufacturing, food, insurance, consumer goods, technology, banking industries amongst others.
The penalty was as a result of non-compliance with some of the rules and requirements of the exchange for the timely filing of results and accounts by the company.
The NGX data shows that in 2022, fourteen companies were fined the sum of N170.6 million. They include: ETI, FBN Holdings Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, Unity Bank Plc, Presco Plc, Ardova Plc, C&I Leasing Plc, Coronation Insurance Plc, Royal Exchange Plc, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, LASACO Assurance Plc, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc and Omatek Ventures Plc.
While in 2021, seven companies were sanctioned N586 million and in 2020, the sum of N22.9 million was imposed as fine on three business firms.
Breakdown of the trade offenses and fines for the companies indicates that Coronation Insurance was fined N14.9 million, C & I Leasing was fined N11.6 million while a fine of 9.7 million was imposed on Ardova in 2022.
The NGX fined Presco N5.1 million, Honeywell Flour Mills N1.2 million for failure to submit third quarter 2021 result and account before the deadline.
For the erring financial companies, in 2022, ETI was sanctioned N3.2m; in 2021, FBN Holdings was fined N8.1m, Union Bank of Nigeria got N1.2m fine, Fidelity Bank Plc was fined N1.6m while Unity Bank Plc was sanctioned N4.2m.
An Information and Communications Technology firm, Omatek Ventures got a fine of N537.2m in 2022 for refusal to present audited results and accounts for 2015–2018 to the investing public.
LASACO Assurance was penalised N29.2m between 2020 and 2022 for not complying with some post-listing requirements. In 2022, N5.3m was levied for failure to submit its 2021 audited financial statement to the investing public, while in 2021, N15.1m was fined for not presenting the audited 2020 result and accounts.
The company was also sanctioned N8.8m in 2020 for failure to submit audited 2019, first quarter 2020 and second quarter 2020 financial results.
Investors King learnt that the sanctions on the listed companies have discouraged investors from trading in their stock due to the huge fines.
Naira Scarcity: Manufacturers Decry 25% Sales Decrease, Urge FG’s Urgent Intervention
Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN has lamented the effect of naira scarcity on its members, saying that sales of manufactured goods dropped by 25 percent.
The association called on the federal government to urgently and permanently put an end to the challenging situation caused by the introduction of new naira notes and its scarcity.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Segun Ajayi-Kadir expressing the plight of manufacturers.
The manufacturers noted that their businesses had been badly hit by the current cash crunch, adding that it affected the turnout of workers which brought about low output and more than 25 percent decrease in income.
Investors King learnt that the Manufacturers Association President, Otunba Francis Meshioye had last month warned against the impending negative effect of the naira scarcity on manufacturers.
He mentioned that the sales of manufactured goods will significantly drop which is presently playing out.
Speaking on digital banking services, the MAN president said online transactions including the use of point of service, POS has not been working effectively thereby making the sales process slow.
Meshioye stated that the nation’s economy has also been negatively impacted which may scare present and potential investors from investing in the country as they are particular about what their resources would yield.
“I want to assume that this is a very short-term problem. It is general. Even if you want to do e-banking, there are some things you cannot do at the moment. We have problems. PoS is not working.
“There is no way the scarcity of something that is essential to the consumer will not affect the producer. We feel it because it hinders the proper flow of our goods to the end user. What effect is that going to have? It means we will pile stock and when we pile stock, it means cash is trapped. We pay high interest rates and they would not yield good returns and investments go to where returns come regularly.
“This is a very big issue in the economy. If you put all these together, you will agree with me that we are really facing a critical time as manufacturers,” he stated.
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