South Africa's producer price index (PPI) rose by 10,3% year-on-year (y/y) in July from a 10,4% year-on-year increase in June, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) data on Thursday showed. The PPI rose 1,6% on a monthly basis after June's monthly increase of 2,1%.
The inflation rate targeted by South Africa's central bank quickened to 6,5% year-on-year in July, coming in above market expectations due to higher food prices. Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday that CPIX (consumer inflation less mortgage costs) accelerated from 6,4% in June, beating the consensus forecast of a 6,1% rate.
The JSE was firm at midday on Wednesday, driven higher by sharply stronger banks and financial stocks. By noon, the all-share index had collected 0,49% as banks and financials advanced 3,07% and 2,30% respectively. The platinum mining index recovered 0,94% and resources edged up 0,12%.