Key findings regarding mining production for October 2017
Mining production increased by 5,2% year-on-year in October 2017. The largest positive contributors were iron ore (17,9% and contributing 2,4 percentage points) and coal (6,0% and contributing 1,5 percentage points).
Seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 3,4% in October 2017 compared with September 2017. This followed month-on-month changes of -6,8% in September 2017 and 5,4% in August 2017.
Seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 2,3% in the three months ended October 2017 compared with the previous three months. PGMs and iron ore were the largest positive contributors (each contributing 1,1 percentage points).
Key findings regarding mineral sales for September 2017
Mineral sales increased by 7,0% year-on-year in September 2017. The main positive contributors were:
Gold (-17,5% and contributing -3,3 percentage points) and PGMs (-10,1% and contributing -2,6 percentage points) were significant negative contributors.
Seasonally adjusted mineral sales at current prices increased by 0,8% in September 2017 compared with August 2017. This followed month-on-month changes of 5,4% in August 2017 and 3,3% in July 2017.