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Change in commodity futures prices YTD May 8, 2020: Cocoa (-4.8%); Wheat (+3.7%); Maize (-17.5%); ICE Natural gas (-55%); Gold (+12.1%); Soyabeans (-23.1%); Cotton (-18.2%); Rough rice (+27.2%); Platinum (-18.5%); Arabica coffee (-15.1%); Brent crude oil (-53.3%); Copper (-14.6%); Sugar (-23.3%);     Whilst Africa's growth in 2020 could fall to its lowest since the 2008/9 global financial crisis, the asymmetric nature of shocks facing the region, coupled with increasing investment and cross-border trade, should help the region recover speedily.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Renault: Provisional data shows a decline in car sales in francophone Africa

Provisional sales reports from car-maker Renault showed ‘passenger car’ (PC) and ‘light commercial vehicle’ (LCV) car sales dropped marginally in francophone Africa in the year to September 2016 despite an increase in global sales. Notable declines were seen in Chad, Niger, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On aggregate, sales in francophone Africa fell

Cargill profits boosted by cocoa and chocolate products

  Demand for protein a key pillar for Cargill Agribusiness giant Cargill, part of the quartet of companies that dominate global agricultural markets, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter that ended on August 31, 2016. Although revenues were moderately lower compared with last year at USD 27.1 billion, operating profit rose sharply by

Cocoa: Cargill flexes its muscle in West Africa, laments the current supply squeeze

Still a roller coaster market The cocoa market has been awash with activity. Last week, we reported a steep decline in prices in anticipation of better supply out of top producer Cote d’Ivoire. News that Cote d’Ivoire would cancel up to 250,000 tonnes of forward-sold 2016/17 cocoa further spooked the market which tumbled heavily as a result. That news