South Africa Industry September 2018

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South Africa: Manufacturing grinds to a halt in September

November 9, 2018

A preliminary estimate showed that the manufacturing sector tapped the brakes in September. According to Statistics South Africa, manufacturing output grew 0.1% over the same month last year, down sharply from August’s revised 1.5% rise (previously reported: +1.3% year-on-year). September’s print reflected contractions in the textile and petrochemical industries, as well as slower growth in the food and beverage industries. For their part, the automotive industries retreated considerably.

In month-on-month terms, manufacturing output fell a seasonally-adjusted 1.0%, down significantly from August’s 0.2% increase. Meanwhile, annual average growth in manufacturing output ticked up from 1.1% in August to 1.2%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect manufacturing output to rise 1.2% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, the panel expects manufacturing output to expand 2.3%.


Author:, Economist

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South Africa Manufacturing September 2018

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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