Inflation in South Africa
South Africa - Inflation
Inflation lands at Central Bank’s target in March
Consumer prices rose 0.8% from a month earlier in March, matching February’s 0.8% increase. March’s reading largely reflected higher prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and fuel. Core consumer prices—which exclude food and fuel prices—climbed 0.7%, down from 1.1% in February.
Meanwhile, inflation rose to 4.5% in March (February: 4.1%), landing at the midpoint of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)’s target band of 3.0%–6.0%. Core inflation was stable from a month prior at 4.4%, while annual average inflation was unchanged at February’s 4.6%.
South Africa Inflation Forecast
The SARB sees inflation averaging 4.8% in 2019 and 5.3% in 2020. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see inflation averaging 4.8% in 2019, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. Our panel sees inflation averaging 5.2% in 2020.
South Africa - Inflation Data
|Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)||5.8||6.1||4.6||6.3||5.3|
5 years of economic forecasts for more than 30 economic indicators.
South Africa Inflation Chart
Source: Statistics South Africa.
South Africa Facts
|Bond Yield||8.53||0.29 %||May 13|
|Exchange Rate||14.31||-0.21 %||May 13|
|Stock Market||0.6||-0.44 %||May 13|
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May 12, 2019
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May 10, 2019
Manufacturing output increased 1.2% year-on-year in March, up from a revised 0.5% increase in February (previously reported: +0.6% year-on-year).
April 17, 2019
Consumer prices rose 0.8% from a month earlier in March, matching February’s 0.8% increase.
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April 11, 2019
A preliminary estimate revealed little improvement for the manufacturing sector in February.