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South Africa Record Producer Inflation Likely to Dent Sentiment

A worker lifts an aluminum can from the production line at a manufacturing plant in Springs, South Africa.

A worker lifts an aluminum can from the production line at a manufacturing plant in Springs, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s producer inflation surged to a record high in April, beating analysts’ forecasts, which is likely to further sour manufacturing mood.

Prices of final manufactured goods rose by 13.1%, from 11.9% in March, according to data from Statistics South Africa. That’s the highest rate since the start of 2013, when the statistics office split its producer price index and started reporting five different measures for prices at the factory gate including agriculture, mining, electricity and water and intermediate manufactured goods. The median estimate of seven economists in a Bloomberg survey was 12%. The increase was driven by soaring costs of fuel, coal and food, beverages and tobacco.