SA food inflation falls marginally.

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August 28, 2017

SA food inflation falls marginally.

Food inflation decelerated to 6.8% y/y in July 2017, from 6.9% y/y in the previous month. This mirrors the benefits of the higher agricultural output following good summer rainfall across the country.

Although we expect further moderation in the next few months, the picture of the food basket is mixed. Most food products have decelerated, with the exception of meat which is proving stickier than expected, recording 14.4% y/y in July, which is the highest level since December 2011. This is on the back of an outbreak of avian influenza and cattle restocking process after the 2015-16 drought.

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