Inflation cools to 5.1% in December

South Africa’s headline consumer inflation fell to 5.1% year on year in December from 5.5% in November, statistics agency data showed on Wednesday.

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Core inflation, which excludes food and fuel prices, was unchanged at 4.5%, the statistics agency said.


December’s headline reading remains within the South African Reserve Bank’s inflation target range of 3% to 6%.

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The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) will announce a monetary policy decision on Thursday and is expected to keep its repo rate steady at 8.25%.

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Sarb Governor Lesetja Kganyago has said he wants inflation to stabilise around 4.5%, the mid-point of its target band, before considering rate cuts.

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