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.
October 2021

October 2021

18 October 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 July 2021 was down 2.5% compared to June 2021.
  • The headline inflation rate for August 2021 was up 4.9% compared to August 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 August 2021 was 2.31%, compared to 10.83% in August 2020.
  • Equities net purchases/sales by foreigners for January-September 2021 reached -R88.8 billion, compared to -R92.1 billion for January-September 2020. Bonds net purchases/sales reached -R92.1 billion compared to -R71.2 billion for the same period.
  • The average gold price per ounce in September 2021 was $1 779, compared to $1 923 in September 2020. The average platinum price per ounce was $971 compared to $906 for the same period.
  • The average crude oil price (brent/barrel) in September 2021 was $74.41, compared to $41.02 in September 2020.
  • South Africa recorded a merchandise trade surplus of R332.1 billion for January-August 2021, compared to a surplus of R135.0 billion for January-August 2020.
  • Total vehicles sold were up 30.1% for January-September 2021, compared to January-September 2020. Vehicles exported were up 22.7% and tractors sold were up 29.5% for the same period.
  • The volume of manufacturing production for January-August 2021 was up 11.6%, compared to January-August 2020. The volume of mining production was up 16.9% for the same period.

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