Wednesday, 15 July 2020 12:22


South Africa’s headline consumer inflation slowed to 2.1% year-on-year in May, its lowest in more than 15 years, from 3.0% in April, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Wednesday.

On a month-on-month basis, the consumer price index was at -0.6% in May from a 0.5% decrease the previous month.

Core inflation, which excludes prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages, fuel and energy, slowed to 3.1% year-on-year in May compared with a rate of 3.2% in April. On a month-on-month basis core inflation was at -0.2% from the same rate previously.

The reading for September 2004, 15 years and eight months ago, was 1.3%, the Statistics SA said.

The monthly change in the CPI (from April 2020 to May 2020) was -0.6%.