Consumer Price Index – April 2016

Consumer Price Index – April 2016

Headline consumer price index (CPI for all urban areas)
The annual consumer price inflation was 6,2% in April 2016, down from 6,3% in March 2016. The consumer price index increased by 0,8% month-on-month in April 2016.

Table C (page 5) shows contributions to headline annual consumer price inflation.

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages increased from 1,5 percentage points in March to 1,7 percentage points in April. The index increased by 11,0% year-on-year.
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco decreased from 0,4 of a percentage point in March to 0,3 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 5,9% year-on-year.
  • Transport decreased from 0,7 of a percentage point in March to 0,4 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 2,7% year-on-year.

Table D (page 5) shows contributions to monthly consumer price inflation.

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages contributed 0,3 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 1,9% month-on-month. The items with the highest monthly rates were vegetables (6,0%), fruit (5,8%), milk, cheese and eggs (2,1%), other food (2,1%) and hot beverages (2,0%).
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco contributed 0,1 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 0,9% month-on-month.
  • Transport contributed 0,4 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 2,6% month-on-month, mainly due to the 88c/l increase in the petrol price.
  • Miscellaneous goods and services contributed 0,1 of a percentage point in April. The index increased by 0,6% month-on-month.

In April the CPI for goods increased by 6,7% year-on-year (down from 6,9% in March), and the CPI for services increased by 5,7% year-on-year (unchanged from March).
Provincial annual inflation rates ranged from 4,8% in Northern Cape to 8,2% in Limpopo.

A copy of the full statistical release is available here

Sauce:  Statistics South Africa