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March 2017 - Trade Expectations weaken notably TRADE CONDITIONS SURVEY


The Trade Conditions Survey has been facilitated by SACCI for a number of years. The aim is to broaden the survey's coverage to include all members of organised business and to allow business participants to obtain valuable insight into their immediate trade environment. SACCI, therefore, invites all members of organised business institutions affiliated to ChamSA to participate in this survey. SACCI is involved in analysing and reviewing the survey results and presenting it is a business friendly format on a monthly basis, only ten days after each month-end.

The Trade Conditions Survey is conducted monthly and the results reflect business's view on South African trade conditions. The survey provides the following two main indicators:

  • SA Trade Activity Index (SATAI)
    Measures the view of business on current trade activity
  • SA Trade Expectations Index (SATEI)
    Measures business's expectations of trade conditions six months ahead

Purpose and Use of the Survey

As this survey is conducted amongst businesses, it reflects a very recent business assessment of the trade environment in the country. The results from the survey are of benefit to all business decision makers, economists and other analysts.

Although the SATAI and SATEI are the two most prominent indeces of the survey, the overview of trading conditions also reports on inventory holdings, new orders, backlog on orders received, supplier deliveries, input and selling-price movements, export and import activity of business, and job creation activities and prospects.

The results for provinces, metropolitan areas, cities or even town could become available as the survey expands and as participation rates for areas justify more detailed assessments. However, this more detailed information and review of regional trade conditions will only be available to SACCI and participants to the survey.

To become a respondent in the Trade Conditions Survey, businesses must register on the following web site: www.tradecon.co.za.

Participants will then be prompted monthly to complete a short questionnaire on the web site. General survey results will be announced monthly, and will also be made available on the following web sites: www.sacci.org.za and www.finforum.co.za/absa

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2017 Trade Conditions Survey

July 2017 - Cautious Trade Prospects

June 2017 - Restrained Trade Conditions Persist

May 2017 - Stable Present Trade Conditions but Negative Outlook

April 2017 - Sales Volumes under Pressure

March 2017 - Trade Expectations weaken notably

February 2017 - Strained Trade Conditions

January 2017 - Fragile Trade Conditions



2016 Trade Conditions Survey

December 2017 - 

Seasonal Impact on Trade Conditions

November 2016 - Trade Conditions stay flat

October 2016 - Restrained Trade Conditions 

September 2016 - Tight but Steady Trade Conditions

August 2016 - Mixed Signals to Trade Environment

July 2016 - Tight and Subdue Trade Conditions

June 2016 - Encouraging Positive signs (albeit it off a low base)

 May 2016 - Improved Trade Conditions

April 2016 - Higher Trade Expectation

March 2016 - Passive Trade Conditions

February 2016 - Muted Trade Conditions Continues 

January 2016 - Strained Trade Conditions


2015 Trade Conditions Survey

January 2015 - Trade Conditions Surprise

February 2015 - Trade Conditions Back in Negative Territory

March 2015 - Trade Conditions Remains

April 2015 - Trade Conditions Marginally Positive

May 2015 - Passive Trade Conditions

June 2015 - Softer Trade Conditions

July 2015 - Trade Conditions Remain Tough

August 2015 - Adverse Trade Environment

September 2015 - Dampened Trade Conditions

October 2015 - Weak Outlook for Trade Conditions

November 2015- Trade Conditions stay under pressure

December 2015 - Depressed Trade Conditions

2014 Trade Conditions Survey

December 2014 -Better Trade Conditions

November 2014 - Trade ConditionsPositive Despite Electricty Constraints

October 2014 - Trade Activity Flares Up

September 2014 - Trade Conditions Remain Tight

August 2014 - Contracting Trade Conditions

July 2014 - Trade Activity in Negative Territory

June 2014 - Trade Expectations Weaken

May 2014 - Strained Trade Conditions 

April 2014 - Delicate Trade Conditions

March 2014 - Trade Activity Restrained but Steady

February 2014 - ImprovedTrade Activity

January 2014- Further Deterioration of Trade Conditions

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2013

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2012


 Trade Conditions Surveys - 2011

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2010

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2009

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2008

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2007

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2006

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2005

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2004

Trade Conditions Surveys - 2003