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South Africa to Make Changes to Inflation-Index Calculations

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Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s statistics agency said it will make changes to the way it calculates consumer and producer inflation.

It plans to update weighting in the consumer price index and make “modest” methodology improvements, the Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said in an e-mailed statement today. Those changes are part of the “normal, periodic process of updating the weightings,” Patrick Kelly, executive manager for price and employment statistics at the agency, said in a telephone interview.

“The producer price index will be substantially overhauled to be brought into line with international statistical standards and changes in the South African economy,” the agency said in the statement.

The updated consumer inflation weighting will probably come into effect in 2013 and the changes to the producer index by early 2013, Kelly said, without giving details about specific changes. The agency will host an information session to discuss the changes on Nov. 17, it said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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