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More poor Q1 data, with NHI signing grabbing the local headlines

BER Weekly | 17 May

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The Absa PMI improved in April, following a dip below the neutral 50-point mark in March. The rebound comes from improved business activity, while better domestic demand filtered through to higher new sales orders. A full month of no load-shedding was likely positive for sustained business activity.

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Business confidence in the other services sector declined by a further one point to 41 in the first quarter of 2024. This implies that about 6 out of 10 businesses in this sector are unsatisfied with business conditions. Following a recent peak reached in 2022Q4, confidence has moved lower.

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The release calendar will be updated each quarter. Please note that these dates may change.

5 June 2024

RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI)

26 June 2024

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index

18 June 2024

Retail Survey

5 July 2024

Inflation Expectations Survey

The first working day of each month

Absa PMI

The first working day of each month


Every Friday

BER Weekly

10 June 2024

FNB/BER Building Confidence Index

27 June 2024

FNB/BER Consumer Confidence Index (CCI)

12 June 2024

Absa Manufacturing Survey

20 June 2024

Other Services Survey

The first week of each month


In this report we review recent trends in the SA building industry, together with the input costs and the tender prices of building contractors, as measured by the BER Building Cost Index. This unique index is based on accepted building tenders. The report ends with a presentation of the relevant data and forecasts.

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The BER Economist Internship Programme provides practical training to appropriately qualified previously disadvantaged individuals. The programme equips trainees to function as economists in the private and/or the public sector.

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