GDP for first quarter up 1%

South Africa’s financial system confirmed it was recovering following the blow it has taken from the Covid-19 disaster.

Stats SA says gross home product (GDP) grew 1% within the first quarter of 2021 translating into an annualised progress rate of 4.6%.


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The statistics company says finance, mining, and commerce industries have been the principle drivers of output on the manufacturing facet of the financial system, whereas family spending and adjustments in inventories helped spur progress on the demand facet.

Though this rise is the third consecutive quarter of optimistic progress, the South African financial system nonetheless has some method to go to completely get well because it stays 2.7% smaller than it was within the first quarter of 2020.

Real GDP was R782 billion within the first quarter of 2020. In the second quarter, when lockdown restrictions have been at their most stringent, financial output slumped to R652 billion. Economic exercise has since elevated, in keeping with easing lockdown restrictions, and actual GDP has since risen to R761 billion within the first quarter of 2021.

“This level is roughly comparable to what the economy was producing in the first quarter of 2016 and is 2.7% down from the R782 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2020”.

Source: Stats SA

Some progress

Despite having a protracted method to go, the recovery continues to be widespread as eight of the ten industries recorded optimistic good points within the first quarter.

Stats SA says the expansion within the finance sector was pushed largely by robust exercise within the property sector.

“Economic activity in the finance, real estate, and business services industry increased at an annualised rate of 7.4%. This was mostly driven by property services, recording a rise in mortgage advances and bond registrations, and the banking sector, registering a rise in the number of credit extensions.”

The mining sector additionally had a optimistic quarter with annualised progress of 18.1%. It was boosted by the manufacturing of platinum group metals, iron ore, gold, and chromium. The recovery within the sector was not widespread as miners in manganese ore, coal and diamonds recorded decrease manufacturing figures.

Source: Stats SA

Household spending elevated at an annualised rate of 4.7% with 10 out of 12 sectors exhibiting will increase. This progress was pushed largely by spending on miscellaneous items and companies, clothes and footwear, furnishings, family gear and upkeep.

There was spectacular progress within the clothes and footwear sector, which rose at an annualised rate of twenty-two.2%. Stats SA says there was additionally notable progress in “insurance-related products, as well as retail goods such as electrical appliances, jewellery and other personal effects”.

The two sectors that confirmed declines in family spending have been transportation and eating places and lodges.

Source: Stats SA

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