Category Archives: Inflation

The last 15 years: business income, spending and profit

The last 15 years: business income, spending and profit

Come join us as we tell a story of South African business performance over time. There are three elements to this story, taken from Stats SA’s latest Annual financial statistics (AFS) report1: income, expenditure and profit. First, let’s explore income. The income generated by the formal business2 sector has increased consistently, except for the dip   read more »


To bean or not to bean – a look at the price of your cup of coffee

To bean or not to bean – a look at the price of your cup of coffee   Coffee. The lifeblood of many. The cup that jumpstarts your morning. The lack thereof creates zombies in offices across the world daily. The joys of drinking coffee are beautifully expressed in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Coffee Cantata, which   read more »


Media invite: Release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI),August 2016

 Media advisory                                                                                          19 September 2016   Release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), August 2016   The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August 2016 will be released at a media briefing on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 in Pretoria. The CPI is the primary indicator for the measurement of monetary policy and changes in   read more »


South African manufacturing production and the rand (an update)

South African manufacturing production and the rand (an update)

Industry growth rates depend on many factors, and the South African manufacturing industry is no exception. The state of the local and global economy and the rand exchange rate are some of the factors that are watched closely when assessing the performance of manufacturing production.   Figure 1 shows the severe impact of the global   read more »


Media Announcement: Consumer Price Index (P0141) August 2016 – Release date 21 September 2016

Media Announcement                                                                                        13 September 2016   Consumer Price Index (P0141) August 2016 – Release date 21 September 2016 Not all items in the CPI are surveyed each month. A detailed survey schedule of the items that are not surveyed monthly is available in Table F of the monthly publication. Lotto tickets (Recreation and   read more »


Media Announcement: Producer Price Index for July published one hour late due to server downtime

Media Announcement                                                                                        13 September 2016   Producer Price Index for July published one hour late due to server downtime The Producer Price Index (PPI) for July 2016 was scheduled to be published on 25 August 2016 at 11:30 am.  The release fell in the week during which Stats SA’s offices were being   read more »


AGDP Media statement

Press statement Embargo: Tuesday 06 September 2016, 11:30   GDP in the second quarter of 2016 grew by 3,3%   Gross domestic product (measured by production) South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was 3,3% in the second quarter of 2016.1 The main contributors to the GDP growth rate were the manufacturing industry and   read more »


Media invite: GDP Q2 of 2016

Media advisory 01 September 2016 Statistician-General to release Gross domestic product (GDP), Q2 2016   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Gross domestic product (GDP) estimatesfor the second quarter of 2016 at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 in Pretoria.   The media briefing will   read more »


The secret life of a slab of chocolate

The secret life of a slab of chocolate

You might celebrate World Chocolate Day today (7 July) by sitting back and feasting on your favourite slab of sugary goodness. At Stats SA, we love our chocolate. But we also love data and all things statistical. So, to honour today, we’ve teased out a few facts about the price of chocolate that you, as   read more »


South Africa’s CPI reveals how volatile inflation hurts the poorest

Patrick Kelly, Executive Manager for Price Statistics, provides some insights into how inflation affects the most vulnerable. The combined effect of the severe drought and the depreciation of the rand drove annual food inflation to 9,8% in March, its highest level in four years. Periods of high food inflation often spark an outpouring of concern   read more »