100 Basis Point Rate Cut in South Africa

April 30, 2009

The Reserve Bank of South Africa cut its benchmark policy interest rate to 8.5% from 8.5%.  The rate has been reduced from 12% at the start of December.  A statement released by monetary authorities projects in-target inflation of 5.4% by 4Q10 versus 8.5% currently because of the “severe synchronized downturn in international and domestic economic conditions.”  Today’s PPI report showed a greater-than-expected 2-percentage point decline in the on-year comparison to 5.3%.  Administered price hikes have been the main upside factor affecting inflation, but risks going forward lie mostly to the downside.

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