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South Africa’s Economy Is Smaller Than Before the Pandemic

  • GDP contracted 0.7% quarter-on-quarter in period through June
  • Outlook clouded by blackouts, high prices and interest rates
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South Africa’s economy is smaller than it was before the coronavirus pandemic struck, after the worst flooding in almost three decades and severe power outages caused it to shrink in the second quarter.

Gross domestic product contracted 0.7% in the three months through June, compared with downwardly revised growth of 1.7% in the previous quarter, Statistics South Africa said Tuesday in a report released in the capital, Pretoria. That’s the first decline since the third quarter of last year, when deadly riots and a cyberattack at the state-owned port and freight rail operator weighed on the economy.