South African economy continues to contract at slower rateStaff Writer | March 27, 2017
Business conditions in South Africa continued to deteriorate in March, with the Headline Sales Managers’ (SMI) reporting 49.8.
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The monthly Sales Growth Index (48.9) has also improved on the February level, in line with recent Business Confidence Index levels.
Companies have been reporting job losses for the past ten months, with the March Staffing Levels Index recording 47.4, the highest value for seven months.
Overall, the latest SMI data suggests that the South African economy remains in contraction territory but there are tentative signs in the data that conditions may improve over the coming few months. ■