PMI shows some signs of green shoots

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PICK N Pay Cloth­ing said yes­ter­day it had launched its on­line shop, and cus­tomers could view the full cloth­ing range on­line for de­liv­ery to their doorsteps na­tion­wide.

“This step makes PnP Cloth­ing one of the few large-value cloth­ing re­tail­ers to of­fer its cus­tomers an on­line shop ex­pe­ri­ence,” the re­tailer said.

PnP Cloth­ing would have a ded­i­cated web­site, www.pick­n­pay­cloth­ing. co.za, but cus­tomers with an ex­ist­ing PnP On­line pro­file can use their de­tails to log on to PnP Cloth­ing’s on­line shop.

Cus­tomers would also earn Smart Shop­per points, Pick n Pay said.

“The new web­site launches with PnP Cloth­ing’s Sum­mer range that is now avail­able in stores. More styles will be added in the com­ing weeks to host the full as­sort­ment that cus­tomers can ex­pect to find in a large store. Cus­tomers will also be able to pur­chase the pop­u­lar ‘Buy Two’ deals, all from the com­fort of their home,” the re­tailer said.

De­liv­ery was avail­able any­where within South Africa at a set rate of R60, and or­ders were ex­pected to be de­liv­ered within three to five work­ing days.

Cus­tomers would be able to re­turn or ex­change an item for free at their clos­est Pick n Pay Cloth­ing, su­per­mar­ket or hy­per­mar­ket, ex­cept for un­der­wear, it said.

Hazel Pillay, the gen­eral man­ager for Pick n Pay Cloth­ing, said: “We are happy to make this a re­al­ity for our cus­tomers. Our new web­site means that more cus­tomers will be able to view the great range and styles we have in store, but also lets cus­tomers or­der the items on­line for safe de­liv­ery within days.”

She said Pick n Pay had more plans in the pipe­line to of­fer cloth­ing cus­tomers a greater range and more con­ve­nience, in­clud­ing the launch of a Click n Col­lect ser­vice.

THE SEASONALLY ad­justed Absa Pur­chas­ing Man­agers’ In­dex (PMI) ex­panded in July, al­though at a slower rate com­pared with the pre­vi­ous month.

The in­dex, which gauges man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­ity in South Africa, fell to 51.2 points in July from 53.9 points in June, re­main­ing above the 50-point mark that sep­a­rates ex­pan­sion from con­trac­tion.

The busi­ness ac­tiv­ity sub-in­dex ticked down slightly to 62.9 points from 64.6 points in June, Absa said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“The fact that more re­spon­dents sig­nalled a fur­ther in­crease in out­put com­pared to those see­ing fur­ther growth in de­mand, could per­haps be ex­plained by some firms pro­duc­ing more in an at­tempt to catch up on pro­duc­tion lost dur­ing ear­lier stricter lock­down lev­els,” Absa said.

The em­ploy­ment sub-in­dex showed the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor was still shed­ding jobs even with ac­tiv­ity re­cov­er­ing.

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