Inflation surge

2014-02-20 07:22

Petrol, food prices are behind the surprise inflation surge.

Rand steady ahead of CPI data

2014-02-19 09:49

The rand was steady against the dollar, amid hesitant trading before the release of January consumer inflation data.

Slowdown in unsecured credit balances

2014-01-30 16:02

Growth in the value of household unsecured credit balances - general loans and advances, credit card debt and overdrafts - dropped further at the end of December.

How the CPI is determined

2014-01-24 11:51

A Fin24 user wants to know what basket of products is used to determine the Consumer Price Index.

Rand steadies as market braces for CPI, strikes

2014-01-21 09:43

Weak economic fundamentals and worries around mining sector strikes are expected to keep the rand under pressure for some months to come.

Leave R100 under the mattress at your peril

2013-09-19 13:50

Consumers must wake up and look at the impact of inflation on their investments, warns an expert.

Widening gap between income and needs

2013-06-30 14:12

A study has found there is a growing gulf between what people expect their living standards to be and their ability to achieve it.

SA's May CPI figures slows to 5.6%

2013-06-19 10:45

South Africa's consumer price index‚ was 5.6% year on year in May after a 5.9% y/y increase in April‚ Statistics SA says.

Bonds softer on weaker rand

2013-02-04 12:37

The bond market was softer in midday trade on a weaker rand, with the release of the new consumer price index having no effect on the bond market.

US CPI rises on jump in shelter cost

2012-11-15 18:17

US consumer prices rose in October as the cost of shelter surged by the most in over four years, while gasoline prices fell in a boost for consumer spending power.

CPI in target eases rates hike pressure

2012-04-18 18:00

SA's consumer inflation slowed in March to within the Reserve Bank's target range, taking off some of the urgency on raising interest rates soon.

SA factory gate prices ease

2012-02-23 12:13

The producer price index edged down to 8.9% in December as sharp rises in food prices moderated.

Uptick seen in SA consumer inflation

2012-01-16 14:23

SA's consumer price index is expected to rise to 6.2% in December, according to a Reuters poll.

Consumer inflation hits 20-month high

2011-12-14 17:51

South Africa's targeted consumer inflation breached the central bank's 3% to 6% target in November as expected.

Stats SA to modify CPI, PPI weightings

2011-11-17 11:45

Statistics SA says it will revise both the consumer and inflation baskets more regularly to reflect consumer expenditure trends and changes at production level.

Rand remains firmer against dollar

2011-10-19 12:46

The rand remained firmer against the dollar in noon trade as it tracked a euro that held on to gains ahead of this weekend's European summit.

Bonds firm in quiet trade

2011-10-17 12:32

South African bonds remained firm in midday play. A trader noted that market conditions were "very quiet".

House price growth stalls - report

2011-08-03 15:09

House price growth lost momentum in July, dipping from 2.9% to 2.4% year-on-year in June according to Standard Bank's report on residential property prices.

Factory gate prices climb higher

2011-07-28 12:11

Prices at SA's factories, mines and farms rose more than expected in May, indicating a higher outlook for inflation.

Rate hike looms as inflation quickens

2011-06-22 12:08

Higher food and fuel prices have driven consumer inflation higher, boosting chances the Reserve Bank may increase interest rates later this year.

SA eyes robust first-quarter growth: BER

2011-05-27 11:20

The Bureau for Economic Research says it expects first-quarter growth of 4.3%, although expansion is likely to be unbalanced this year.

Bonds flat; eye CPI and auction

2011-05-17 09:53

Bonds are flat in early trade, ahead of key consumer inflation index data and the weekly government bond auction.

Food prices push CPI higher

2011-04-20 11:07

Consumer inflation accelerated more than expected to a nine-month high in March, mainly driven by higher food prices.

Pull the other one!

2011-04-14 00:00

Sorry, unless you crack the National Lottery jackpot, become the beneficiary of an unexpected inheritance or get a huge promotion with the attached salary increase sometime soon, your standard of living is about to plummet.


Petrol, food behind inflation surge

2014-02-19 18:40

Economists give their take on the latest inflation surprise and forecast what the future might hold regarding petrol prices and interest rate hikes.

ConCourt to hear CPI restitution case

2014-02-18 08:30

An application about the use of the Consumer Price Index to determine compensation in a land claim will be heard in the Constitutional Court.

Rate hike likely to up rental prices

2014-01-30 15:09

The repo rate hike will probably increase the price of residential rentals and could affect the consumer price index, FNB's home loans department says.

CPI inches up to 5.4%

2014-01-22 11:02

Headline consumer inflation edged up to 5.4% year-on-year in December, slightly below market expectations, says Statistics South Africa.

Staple food prices rise 9% - study

2013-10-16 15:45

The cost of basic foods has risen by 8.7% in one year, according to a study by the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action.

'No rate change till 2014'

2013-08-21 13:54

Current market moves won't affect the interest rate this year, says Peter Montalto.

CPI expectations steady at 6%

2013-06-27 15:50

The average inflation expectations in the second quarter have reamined unchanged at 6% for 2013 compared with the first quarter, a survey shows.

Inflation to keep rates in check

2013-05-22 22:11

The higher than expected consumer price index of 5.9% for April will likely not push the South African Reserve Bank to hike interest rates, economists say.

October inflation quickens to 5.6%

2012-11-21 10:41

Headline consumer inflation has risen to 5.6% year-on-year in October, placing a lid on hopes for another interest rate cut.

Mageu, tablet computers in inflation count

2012-11-06 15:20

More households are buying mageu, feta cheese, energy-saving bulbs and tablet computers, goods that will now form part of the CPI basket, says Statistics SA.

Less pressure for rates rise as CPI slows

2012-03-22 16:39

SA's consumer inflation unexpectedly dropped in February, giving the Reserve Bank more leeway to keep interest rates at a historic low for for longer.

Consumer inflation edges up to 6.3%

2012-02-22 10:37

SA's consumer price index, which is used by the Reserve Bank for its inflation target, continued to rise in January.

SA factory gate prices ease

2011-12-15 12:12

Price inflation at SA's farms, factories and mines slowed to 10.1% in November compared to a year ago.

Rand fragile, bonds weak

2011-11-24 09:34

The rand is firm but vulnerable against the dollar, while yields on 15-year bonds hit a 7-month high amid a shift to safe haven debt as eurozone debt fears escalate.

CPI, retail sales data dim rate cut hopes

2011-10-19 16:30

A recovery in consumer spending and higher than expected consumer inflation has dampened the chance of a rate cut, says some analysts.

Bonds firm, CPI 'boosts' sentiment

2011-10-19 12:40

Bonds were firm in noon trade. A local trader said: "The fact that CPI wasn't a bad number and there were no nasty surprises, improved sentiment."

Rand still vulnerable against dollar

2011-08-24 09:28

The rand has weakened against the dollar and is likely to remain under pressure, given the uncertainty prevailing in global markets.

SA factory orders hit two-year low

2011-08-01 11:22

South Africa's purchasing managers' index fell again in July, in line with weaker factory activity in China and Europe.

BER raises SA growth forecast

2011-07-26 11:51

The Bureau for Economic Research says it expects SA's growth to rise to 3.8%.

SA food prices won't escape spike

2011-06-08 07:29

Food prices are bound to rise in line with global trends, says Greta Steyn.

Retail sales hit speed bump

2011-05-17 13:42

Growth in retail sales in March was slightly lower than expected, indicating continued pressure among consumers.

Factory outlook remains stable

2011-05-03 11:35

A key survey of purchasing managers in April shows that manufacturing production remained robust and demand for factory goods was still high.

JSE falls amid fears over China growth

2011-04-15 13:36

The JSE is modestly lower as investors digested the latest Chinese inflation data and remained cautious ahead of the release of US consumer price index figures.

Longer-dated bonds tad weaker

2011-03-25 12:28

SA longer-dated bonds were a touch weaker in midday trade, while other major bonds were mostly flat.

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