Middle-segment house price growth remains under downward pressure, according to ABSA.

In the 2nd Quarter of 2016, the TPN-FNB National Average Gross Residential Yield rose slightly for the 1st time since the 1st quarter of 2014.

Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:19

The path to maintaining SA’s credit rating

I have previously referred to the South African economy as just muddling along – we aren’t shooting the lights out, but we haven’t sunk into the depths of a recession.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:47

Repo rate unchanged in September

The Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has kept the repo rate unchanged at 7% per annum.

The annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) eased to 5.9% in August 2016, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Wednesday.

July Real Retail Sales growth numbers show still slower year-on-year growth, and the sharp negative growth in the highly cyclical Household Furniture, Appliances and Equipment segment of Retail may be a leading indicator of more growth slowing to come.

Spur Corporation’s results for the year to June suggest the pressures facing consumers are being felt most acutely in the lower end of the market.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 17:58

Current account deficit narrows to 3.1%

South Africa’s current account deficit narrowed to 3.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of this year.

August 2016 saw year-on-year growth in the average nominal value of middle-segment homes in the South African housing market slowing down further to its lowest level in almost four years.

In recent months, the FNB Valuers’ Residential Market Strength Index (MSI – see page 2 for description) has been through a short bout of mild demand-driven strengthening. However, month-on-month demand growth started to slow once more in August, which possibly means a near term weakening coming in the MSI.

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