No image available
/ 27 May 2008

GDP slows due to contraction in mining

South Africa’s economic growth rate slowed to 2,1% in the first quarter of 2008 on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basis, official data showed on Tuesday, citing a sharp drop in mining due to a power crisis. Statistics South Africa said Q1 GDP slowed from 5,3% in the fourth quarter of 2007.

No image available
/ 27 March 2008

February PPI ‘a shock to the system’

South Africa’s producer price inflation (PPI) accelerated above forecasts to 11,2% year-on-year in February from 10,4% in January, official data showed on Thursday.
Statistics South Africa said the headline number, representing domestic output, stood at 1,3% on a monthly basis, compared with 1% previously. Economists polled last week forecast that annual PPI would come in at 10,7%, while the monthly rate of increase was seen at 0,8%.

No image available
/ 18 February 2008

Power crisis likely to wipe out surplus

The goal posts for Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s spending plans in Wednesday’s national budget were carefully placed last October when he revealed his medium-term expenditure framework. However, political change and the dramatic change in economic outlook caused by the electricity crisis have set the posts whirling.

No image available
/ 27 September 2007

PPI slows to ‘better than expected’ 9,4%

South Africa’s producer price inflation (PPI) slowed to 9,4% year-on-year in August, below forecasts, after a 10,3% increase in July, official data showed on Thursday. On a monthly basis, PPI increased by 0,7% after a 1,6% rise in July. Economists had forecast that annual PPI come in at 9,7%, while the monthly rate of increase was seen at 1%.

No image available
/ 2 September 2007

Gloomy numbers cloud SA economic optimism

A string of gloomy data has clouded some of the optimism surrounding the South African economy, raising fears of another interest-rate hike and casting doubt on government growth forecasts. Figures released on Tuesday showed that growth had slowed by 0,2 percentage points to 4,5% in the second quarter of 2007.