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South Africa Enters Recession

June 6th, 2017

Episode 1057 of 1091 episodes

South Africa is in recession for the first time since the global financial crisis. We find out what is behind the economic contraction from Alan Mukoki, chief executive of the South African Chamber of Commerce. Also in the programme, Apple has launched its HomePod smart speaker, but will consumers prefer Amazon's Alexa or Google's voice activated systems instead? We get analysis from Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight. Ahead of Thursday's UK general election, we find out about the economic policies of the UK Independence Party, from Roger Helmer who speaks for the party on energy and industry. Plus the BBC's Ed Butler reports from Egypt on declines to the country's tourism industry.

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