Fast Stats

These monthly reports keep CRA subscribers up-to-date with over 200 economic and social indicators. All the data you need to make informed decisions to successfully navigate complexity in South Africa.
February 2020

February 2020

The CRA's Fast Stats provides data-driven insights into current political and economic trends.
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Key takeaways:

  • The leading business indicator is down 0.9% for November 2019 in comparison to the same period in 2018.
  • GDP per head (annualised, adjusted) for Q3 2019 was R87 095.
  • The headline inflation rate for 2019 was 4.1%, with core inflation also at 4.1%. The increase in total administered prices was 5.7% for that period.
  • The growth in money supply — the total value of money available in the economy — in December 2019 was 6.19%, compared to 5.56% in 2018.
  • Equities net purchases/sales by foreigners were at -R114.2 billion for 2019 compared to -R53.0 billion in 2018. Bonds net purchases/sales by foreigners were at -R22.1 billion in 2019 compared to -R108.6 billion in 2018.
  • The average gold price per ounce for January 2020 was $1 561, compared to $1 292 in January 2019, while the average platinum price per ounce was $987 compared to $807 for the same period.
  • South Africa recorded a merchandise trade surplus of R24.7 billion in 2019, compared to R15.2 billion in 2018.
  • Vehicles exported were down 37.7% in January 2020 compared to January 2019. Tractors sold were down 14.2% over the same period.

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