South Africa Industry October 2016

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South Africa: Manufacturing contracts in October

December 8, 2016

In October, manufacturing production in South Africa dropped 2.7% over the same month of the previous year, which contrasted the weak 0.2% increase recorded in September and marked the lowest reading since July 2014. According to the Statistical Office, October’s reading came on the back of contracting output for food and beverages.

On a monthly basis, manufacturing output decreased 1.9% in seasonally-adjusted terms in October, which contrasted the 1.3% increase observed in the previous month. The trend pointed downwards as annual average growth in industrial production edged down from 0.8% in September to 0.7% in October.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecasts panelists expect manufacturing to expand 0.5% in 2017, which is up 0.3 percentage points from last month’s estimate. For 2018, the panel expects manufacturing to expand 1.2%.


Author:, Senior Economist

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Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average variation of manufacturing production index in %.
Source: Statistics South Africa (Stat SA) and FocusEconomics calculations.


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