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  • Consumer inflation jumps sharply higher in April
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for April. The data showed a steep rise in the consumer price index (CPI). But in spite of the rise, it was slightly below expectations. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Consumer inflation hits 4.5% last month Consumer inflation rose to “4.5% year-on-year in April,” reports IOL. That’s up from th... ››› more
  • [20 May 2015]
  • Consumer inflation inches higher for the first time since September 2014
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for March. For the first time since September last year, the rate of inflation rose. But the rise was slightly less than economists forecast before release of the data. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Consumer inflation rose to 4% in March Consumer inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (C... ››› more
  • [22 April 2015]
  • Consumer inflation falls again, but this could be the last of significant drops
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data covering February. The data showed that yet again there was a large drop over the month. But this could be the last of consumer inflation easing due to rand weakness and an uptick in the oil price. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… CPI fell to 3.9% in February Stats SA showed that consumer inflation, me... ››› more
  • [18 March 2015]
  • The unemployment rate eases over 1% for the last quarter of 2014
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its quarterly labour force survey detailing the number of people out of work in South Africa for the three months to the end of December. In comparison to the third quarter, there was an improvement. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… The unemployment rate dropped to 24.3% The rate of unemployment fell “to 24.3% of the labour for... ››› more
  • [10 February 2015]
  • A large drop in consumer inflation sends the JSE higher
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its inflation data for December. The data showed that consumer inflation eased more than forecast last month. But on average, inflation was higher in 2014 than the year before. The large cuts in the fuel price are having a positive impact on inflation. Stocks on the JSE picked up on the news as the data release fuels speculation of an interest rate cut to ... ››› more
  • [21 January 2015]
  • Despite South Africa's economy struggling, employment rises over the second quarter
  • Yesterday, Stats SA released its Quarterly Employment Statistics report for June. The report showed a rise in employment in the formal sector. But the report also revealed job losses in certain key sectors. Let's take a closer look at what the report revealed… Employment grew 1.8% over the second quarter From April to June, the Quarterly Employment Statistics report showed “an o... ››› more
  • [30 September 2014]
  • Producer inflation continues to slow with a greater than expected fall in August
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released the producer inflation data for August. The data showed that producer inflation fell more than economists forecast. This follows a decline in the figure from June to July. Let's take a closer look at what led to the fall… Producer inflation dropped to 7.2% in August Producer inflation, measured by the producer price index (PPI), “slowed more than... ››› more
  • [25 September 2014]
  • Producer inflation eases very slightly in July, with scope for further falls
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation data for July. The data showed that producer inflation, measured by the producer price index (PPI), fell 0.1% from June. Some experts believe that producer inflation could continue to fall. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… PPI fell to 8% Headline producer inflation eased “to 8% year-on-year in July,” ... ››› more
  • [28 August 2014]
  • Retail sales boost higher once again
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for May. The data showed that retail sales grew again for the month. The growth far exceeded expectations. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales grew 2.4% in May Retail sales in South Africa “grew by 2.4% year-on-year,” says MoneyWeb. This was far higher than expectations. Stats SA also revised its... ››› more
  • [16 July 2014]
  • Consumer inflation hits 6% last month
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its data on consumer inflation for March. The consumer price index (CPI) showed that inflation accelerated to 6%. This takes it to the top end of the Reserve Bank's inflation target range. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… ****************************************************** Get a 72 hour head-start on everyone else… Let TV show pundits, blog... ››› more
  • [23 April 2014]
  • The producer inflation index takes a jump higher to 7%
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer price index (PPI) for January. The data showed that producer inflation jumped to 7%. This was higher than economists had predicted. The higher level in producer inflation mirrors an increase in consumer inflation for January reported earlier this month. It looks like the rand's weakness is starting to show through… PPI added 0.5% from December to J... ››› more
  • [27 February 2014]
  • Some respite for the rand as it rallies stronger
  • Yesterday, the rand rallied strongly against major currencies after battling to keep close to R11 to the dollar level last week. Helping the rand out was some easing of aversion to emerging markets after unrest in the Ukraine calmed down. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with the local currency… This year hasn’t been kind on the rand. It’s lost its battle several times against t... ››› more
  • [25 February 2014]
  • South Africa's unemployment rate ebbs slightly to 24.1%
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its quarterly labour force survey. It showed the number out of work dropped slightly from the previous quarter. And it was at its best level in nearly two years. Adcorp released its employment index yesterday. This reflected the poor state of affairs in the South African job market. Let's take a closer look at unemployment in South Africa… Today, Stats SA showe... ››› more
  • [11 February 2014]
  • Consumer inflation inches slightly higher in December
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer inflation data for December. The consumer price index showed that inflation increased slightly, but the rise was less that economists had forecast. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Consumer inflation in South Africa “edged up to 5.4% year-on-year” last month, reports Fin24. This was slightly higher than the 5.3% seen in Novembe... ››› more
  • [22 January 2014]
  • Retail sales surprise in November
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its retail sales data for November. The numbers surprised to the upside, well exceeding economists' expectations. But is this just a flash in the pan? Let's take a closer look at what the data reveals… Retail sales in South Africa grew “at 4.2% year-on-year in November,” reports Fin24. This well exceeded expectations. Stats SA also revised October’s re... ››› more
  • [15 January 2014]
  • Consumer inflation drops more than expected in October
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its consumer price index (CPI) covering the month of October. The rate surprised, coming in lower than expected. The lower inflation rate is partly due to a moderate increase in food prices. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Consumer inflation in South Africa “slowed more than expected to 5.5% year on year in October,” reports Fin24. That’... ››› more
  • [20 November 2013]
  • Retail sales grow less than forecast
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released retail sales data covering September. The figures showed that retail sales grew at a much lesser rate than the month before. And data showed it was much less than forecast. The rand weakened on the news. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed… Retail sales in South Africa “grew at a sluggish 0.2% in September compared with the same month last year... ››› more
  • [13 November 2013]
  • Manufacturing production falls 3.3% in September
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released its manufacturing production data covering the month of September. The data showed a sharp fall in production. The main factor for the drop was the strikes, which affected the auto industry. Let's take a closer look at what the data showed… Manufacturing production in SA “fell by 3.3% year-on-year in volume terms in September,” reports MoneyWeb. This is the... ››› more
  • [07 November 2013]
  • Gauteng tops the tables for taxable income
  • Earlier today, SARS released its 2013 Tax Statistics. The data, which covers the 2012 tax year, showed that nearly half of personal income that SARS gets its cut of is earned in the Gauteng province. Let's take a closer look at what the data revealed... SARS's data on tax showed that individual taxpayers in Gauteng “earned 46.5% (R475.8 billion) of the country's total R1 trillion aggre... ››› more
  • [21 October 2013]
  • Retail sales blast higher in August
  • Earlier today, Stats SA released the retail sales figures for August. And against economists' forecasts, the figure came in much higher than expected. Let's take a closer look at what the data reveals... Retail sales quickened to “3% year on year” for the month of August, reports Fin24. That is slightly higher than the revised figure of 2.9% in July. This was far higher than expected. In ... ››› more
  • [16 October 2013]
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