South Africa Industry May 2016

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South Africa: Manufacturing growth increases in May

July 12, 2016

In May, manufacturing production increased 4.0% over the same month last year, which was above the 3.1% rise seen in the previous month and marked the fastest increase in ten months. May’s increase was mainly driven by increasing output in the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products category.

On a monthly basis, manufacturing output expanded 1.6% in seasonally-adjusted terms, which was above the 0.4% increase observed in April. Moreover, annual average growth in industrial production increased from 0.2% in April to 0.7% in May, its highest level since August 2015.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecasts panelists expect manufacturing to expand 0.3% in 2016, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s estimate. For 2017, the panel expects manufacturing to expand 1.1%.


Author:, Economist

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SouthAfrica Industry May 2016

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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