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.
November 2021

November 2021

19 November 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 August 2021 was up 0.7% compared to July 2021.
  • The headline inflation rate for October 2021 was up 5.0% compared to October 2020, with core inflation up 3.2% for the same period.
  • The growth in money supply — the total value of money available in the economy — in September 2021 was 4.01%, compared to 9.45% in September 2020.
  • Equities net purchases/sales by foreigners for January-October 2021 reached -R108.5 billion, compared to -R120.6 billion for January-October 2020. Bonds net purchases/sales reached -R115.7 billion compared to -R81.6 billion for the same period.
  • The average gold price per ounce in October 2021 was $1 777, compared to $1 901 in October 2020. The average platinum price per ounce was $1 023 compared to $874 for the same period.
  • The average crude oil price (brent/barrel) in October 2021 was $83.70, compared to $40.12 in October 2020.
  • South Africa recorded a merchandise trade surplus of R352.2 billion for January-September 2021, compared to a surplus of R167.6 billion for January-September 2020.
  • Total vehicles sold were up 27.2% for January-October 2021, compared to January-October 2020. Vehicles exported were up 12.0% and tractors sold were up 29.3% for the same period.
  • The volume of manufacturing production for January[1]September 2021 was up 10.4%, compared to January-September 2020. The volume of mining production was up 13.5% for the same period.

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