Stunning gross home product lower in third quarter

Economists anticipated it to contract by solely 0.1%.

There was a surprising lower within the nation’s gross home product within the third quarter, with eight of the ten manufacturing divisions reporting destructive progress charges, displaying that the South African financial system was not rising.

In line with Statistics SA, South Africa’s gross home product (GDP) decreased 0.2% within the third quarter of 2023. The agriculture, forestry and fishing trade decreased 9.6%, contributing -0.3 of a share level to the destructive GDP progress, primarily as a result of decreased financial actions reported for discipline crops, animal merchandise and horticulture merchandise. 

The manufacturing trade decreased 1.3%, contributing -0.1 of a share level. The meals, drinks and tobacco division made the most important contribution to the lower, whereas the petroleum, chemical merchandise, rubber and plastic merchandise division and the essential iron and metal, non-ferrous steel merchandise, steel merchandise and equipment division additionally made vital contributions to the contraction on this trade. 

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The development trade decreased 2.8%, contributing -0.1 of a share level, with decreases reported for residential buildings, non-residential buildings and building works. 

The mining and quarrying trade decreased 1.1%, with decreased financial actions reported for platinum group metals (PGMs), gold, different metallic minerals and manganese ore.

The commerce, catering and lodging trade decreased 0.2%, with decreased financial actions reported for wholesale commerce, motor commerce and meals and drinks.

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