August inflation drops below 6%

Cape Town - Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday that the country's annual consumer price index (CPI) was 5.9% in August 2016, down from 6.0% in July. The index dropped by 0.1% month-on-month (m/m) in August 2016.

Transport decreased from 0.5 of a percentage point in July to 0.3 of a percentage point in August. The index rose by 2.0% year-on-year (y/y).

Recreation and culture increased from 0.2 of a percentage point in July to 0.3 of a percentage point in August. The index rose by 6.7% y/y.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages contributed 0.1 of a percentage point in August. The index increased by 0.8% m/m, mainly due to a 5.1% hike in sugar, sweets and desserts and a 2.0% increase in bread and cereals.

Transport contributed -0.3 of a percentage point in August. The index decreased by 2.2% m/m, mainly due to the 99 cents per litre drop in the petrol price.

In August the CPI for goods increased by 6.1% y/y (down from 6.5% in July), and the CPI for services increased by 5.7% y/y (unchanged from July).

Provincial annual inflation rates ranged from 4.8% in Northern Cape to 7.8% in Limpopo.

On average, prices decreased by 0.1% between July 2016 and August 2016.

                                     Source: Statisics South Africa

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