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.
July 2021

July 2021

19 July 2021 - 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 in April 2021 was up 3.6% compared to March 2021.
  • The headline inflation rate for May 2021 was up 5.2% compared to May 2020, with core inflation up 3.1% for the same period.
  • The growth in money supply — the total value of money available in the economy — in May 2021 was 1.82%, compared to 10.60% in May 2020.
  • Equities net purchases/sales by foreigners for January-May 2021 reached -R15.3 billion, compared to -R44.0 billion for January-May 2020. Bonds net purchases/sales reached -R30.2 billion compared to -R67.0 billion for the same period.
  • The average gold price per ounce in June 2021 was $1 835, compared to $1 733 in June 2020. The average platinum price per ounce was $1 118 compared to $820 for the same period.
  • The average crude oil price (brent/barrel) in June 2021 was $72.93, compared to $39.94 in June 2020.
  • South Africa recorded a merchandise trade surplus of R202.6 billion for January-May 2021, compared to a surplus of R10.6 billion for January-May 2020.
  • Total vehicles sold were up 40.1% for January-June 2021, compared to January-June 2020. Vehicles exported were up 65.8% and tractors sold were up 27.3% for the same period.
  • The volume of manufacturing production for January-May 2021 was up 17.1%, compared to January-April 2020. The volume of mining production was up 20.6% for the same period.

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