South Africa Inflation May 2019

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South Africa: Inflation lands at SARB's midpoint target in May

June 19, 2019

Consumer prices increased 0.3% month-on-month in May, down from 0.6% in April. May’s outturn was attributable mainly to rising fuel costs. Core consumer prices, in turn, were flat from April (April: +0.3% month-on-month).

Inflation picked up to 4.5% (April: 4.4%), landing at the midpoint of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) target band of 3.0%–6.0%. Core inflation, meanwhile, was stable from April at 4.1%. Lastly, annual average inflation was stable from April at 4.6%.

The SARB sees inflation averaging 4.8% in 2019 and 5.3% in 2020. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see inflation averaging 4.6% in 2019, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. Our panel sees inflation averaging 5.2% in 2020.


Author:, Economist

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South Africa Inflation May 2019

Note: Annual and monthly variation of consumer prices index in %.
Source: Statistics South Africa and FocusEconomics calculations.


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