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Spar of South Africa Rises Most in Three Months as Talks Begin

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Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Spar Group Ltd. gained the most in three months after the South African food and liquor retailer said it’s in talks that may affect the share price.

The stock climbed as much as 3.4 percent, the most on an intraday basis since May 8, and traded 2.8 percent higher at 127.51 rand as of 4:12 p.m. in Johannesburg. About 1.3 million shares traded, or more than triple the three-month daily average.

“Shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the company’s securities until a full announcement is made,” the company said in a regulatory statement today, without providing further detail on the nature of the talks.

Net income rose 9.4 percent to 642.9 million rand ($60.1 million) in the fiscal first half, the Durban-based company said May 21. Chief Executive Officer Graham O’Connor said the company has been enticing customers with regular discounts as consumers battle higher unemployment, increasing household debt and rising interest rates.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janice Kew in Johannesburg at jkew4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net John Bowker, Robert Valpuesta

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