Current Account in South Africa
South Africa - Current AccountThe economic scenario likely remained challenging in Q3, after the historic plunge in activity in Q2. While the pace of decline moderated from Q2 due to the gradual easing of restrictions, industrial output contracted relatively sharply in the quarter. Meanwhile, business sentiment remained entrenched in negative territory in the same period, likely holding back capital spending. Turning to Q4, however, the manufacturing PMI returned to growth for the first time in 18 months, hitting an over two-and-a-half-year high amid improved demand dynamics. Moreover, despite a stubbornly high number of Covid-19 cases, authorities announced the reopening of borders to all international travelers on 11 November, in a bid to revive the ailing tourism industry. In other news, on 28 October, the government tabled its medium-term budget statement, reaffirming its commitment to fiscal consolidation and debt stabilization.
South Africa - Current Account Data
|Current Account (% of GDP)||-4.6||-2.9||-2.5||-3.5||-3.0|
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Source: South African Reserve Bank and FocusEconomics calculations.
South Africa Facts
|Bond Yield||8.26||0.29 %||Dec 31|
|Exchange Rate||13.98||-0.21 %||Dec 31|
|Stock Market||0.1||-0.44 %||Jan 06|
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December 10, 2020
Manufacturing output dropped 3.4% year-on-year in October (September: -1.9% yoy).
December 9, 2020
Consumer prices were flat in November over the previous month, following October's 0.26% increase.
December 8, 2020
The economy rebounded strongly in the third quarter, growing at the quickest rate since current records began in the early 1990s, as the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures enabled the gradual firming of activity.
December 3, 2020
The South Africa IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) inched down to 50.3 in November from October’s 51.0, which had marked the best reading in over two-and-a-half years.
November 25, 2020
Consumer prices increased 0.26% in October over the previous month, picking up from September's 0.17% increase.