ASPEN: 7,180 +89 (+1.26%)
South Africa's rand rises before release of retail sales data
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand gained
on Wednesday, helped by momentum from the previous session after
the United States said it would delay some tariffs on China.
At 0630 GMT the rand was up 0.1% to 15.1350 per
dollar, back from an overnight push to 15.0900, its best in a
week, with buyers returning as they assessed the strength of the
Statistics South Africa publishes June retail sales later
. A Reuters poll of economists predicted a 2.3%
expansion in the economy's largest sector.
Indications the economy was recovering from the first
quarter's contraction could sustain the rand's recovery,
bringing sub-15.00 levels back into play, traders said.
Bonds were weaker, with yields on the benchmark 10-year bond
adding half a basis point to 8.415%.
In equities, Aspen Pharmacare agreed to pay the
British National Health Service 8 million pounds ($9.65 million)
to resolve competition concerns.
Aspen shares were at the lowest since March before the
(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana, editing by Larry King)
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