April wholesale trade sales jump 5.7% y/y

2016-06-15 10:31

Wholesale trade sales increased by 5.7% in April 2016 compared with April 2015, Statistics SA has announced.

SA moving closer to higher interest rates

2016-06-14 16:08

The SA Reserve Bank will likely begin raising interest rates again, owing to a growing current account deficit, declining growth and a weak currency, analysts predict.

SA already in a recession - economist

2016-06-09 06:00

Dark clouds are gathering for South Africa with fears the ailing economy could fall into recession after hitting a slump in the first quarter of 2016.

SA interbank transactions drop most in 8 years - index

2016-06-08 14:14

Interbank transactions under R5m in May recorded its largest drop in a single month since August 2008, the BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index shows.

Junk reprieve strengthens rand after GDP news hurts currency

2016-06-08 13:04

The rand stabilised after a succession of news that SA's economy shrunk by 1.2% in 2016 followed by news that Fitch had spared the country from junk status.

Dave Steward: Statistical bikinis – Who ‘really’ holds Africa’s crown? SA sliding

2016-05-28 07:00

Dave Steward says there’s a need to be sceptical about statistics, as they are more important for what’s concealed than what’s revealed.

Better ways to measure improvement than GDP

2016-05-24 16:15

Gross domestic product is the widely-used indicator for the general prosperity of society. While useful, it has its limits, and some adjustments to the measure need to be tabled.

BRICS GDP: Lessons from China – SA needs to reduce commodity dependence

2016-05-22 17:15

SA, like China, should implement significant policy changes to make its economy (and exchange rate) less dependent on commodity prices, says a statistical economist.

SA growth likely worst in sub-Sahara Africa - report

2016-04-27 14:22

South Africa's GDP growth this year is likely to be the worst performer in sub-Sahara Africa, according to a panel of experts.

Brian Kantor: Rand hits pre-9/12 levels – Own goals scuppered R13/$

2016-04-20 21:15

Investec economist Brian Kantor thinks there is still much scope for improved local fundamentals to add further strength to both the currency and the economy.


How govt can speed up economic recovery

2016-06-14 18:10

State-funded infrastructure spending offers the easiest and most realistic means for SA to achieve an inclusive economic recovery, says Overberg Asset Management.

Govt is on track to ignite growth in SA - Radebe

2016-06-09 13:16

Interventions in agriculture, transport, electricity and mining will address negative first-quarter growth, says Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.

DA warns of zero growth trap for SA

2016-06-08 17:58

South Africa’s economy runs the risk of becoming trapped on a zero growth, says DA spokesperson on finance David Maynier.

Exports and imports shrink by 7.1% - Stats SA

2016-06-08 13:53

Exports and imports have both shrunk by 7.1% in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by Statistics SA.

SA's economy shrinks by 1.2% in first quarter of 2016

2016-06-08 11:30

South Africa has recorded a negative growth rate of -1.2% in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures released by Stats SA.

How S&P is making its assessment of SA's credit rating

2016-05-27 09:36

Standard & Poor’s will announce its decision on South Africa’s credit rating on 3 June. Nazmeera Moola and Peter Kent, co-heads of fixed income at Investec, unpack the criteria the rating agency will be using to assess SA.

Revised growth shows need for higher taxes or cost cuts

2016-05-23 21:30

Real gross domestic product growth has been revised to 0.4% from 0.6% quarter-on-quarter for the 4th quarter of 2015, says Statistics SA.

German economy grows at fastest in two years

2016-05-13 08:59

Germany’s economy has grown at its fastest pace in two years as spending domestically helped offset weakness in global trade.

The state of SA's savings

2016-04-26 14:23

The latest quarterly update of the Investec GIBS savings Index reveals a drop in the net figure for 2015, from the first half of last year - but there are some positives.

What the future holds for China

2016-04-01 06:00

What did China’s policymakers do to get the world’s second-largest economy into a mess? What are they doing to save their currency? We look at the consequences for the world at large.

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