South Africa’s December headline CPI rises to 5,2%


Shoppers leave a Pick n Pay supermarket, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 25, 2010. Photographer: Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg News

SOUTH Africa’s headline consumer inflation rose to 5,2% year-on-year in December, compared with 4,8% in November in line with expectations, data from Statistics South Africa showed on Wednesday.

On a month-on-month basis, prices rose 0,3% compared with an increase of 0,1% in the previous month.

Core inflation, which excludes the prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages, petrol and energy, edged up to 5,2% year-on-year in December from 5,1% in the previous month, while also rising to 0,3% month-on-month.

The consensus for December CPI was 5,2%, according to a Reuters poll.-Reuters