|BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX PRESS RELEASE|
|Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:27|
Delicate Business Climate
The recovery of the BCI in October and November 2016 was achieved in a depressed domestic and global economy and further harmful local socio-political diversions that unfavourably influenced the business climate. Notwithstanding the volatility in the business climate, the present turnaround in the BCI could gather more momentum.
Apart from notably local and international political developments that could affect the global and South African economy, business adjusted to unpredictability of current circumstances. Business flexibility partly contributed to the slightly improved business confidence of the last two months. Business continued to show determination and agility.
Positive monthly contributions to the BCI mainly came from real value of building plans passed, new vehicle sales (seasonally adjusted) and manufacturing output. Merchandise export volumes, retail sales volumes, share prices and energy supply and costs made the largest negative month-to-month impacts on the BCI in November.
The real business conditions were slightly better in November 2016 than in November 2015. One of the seven real business sub-indices improved and one remained unchanged. The year-on-year financial climate remained positive with two of the six financial sub-indices that improved and one unchanged.
South Africa has received reprieve by no further downgrades from all three reputable rating agencies in their latest credit rating reviews. The prospects for a more induced and inclusive economic growth climate and attention being paid to notably public finance matters, counted in South Africa’s favour. It is important that the negative outlook by all three rating agencies be turned around in the next six months.
The progress made by Treasury with the participation of business and labour to recognize and assist to propel the economy forward, will partially restore credibility to the economy and may contribute to the recent momentum gained in improving business and investor confidence.
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