Consumer Price Index – Statistical release

The headline CPI (for all urban areas) annual inflation rate in January 2015 was 4,4%. This rate was 0,9 of a percentage
point lower than the corresponding annual rate of 5,3% in December 2014. On average, prices decreased by 0,2%
between December 2014 and January 2015.

The food and non-alcoholic beverages index increased by 0,9% between December 2014 and January 2015. The annual
rate decreased to 6,5% in January 2015 from 7,2% in December 2014. The following components in the food and non-alcoholic
beverages index increased: other food (2,0%), cold beverages (1,7%), fish (1,5%), meat (1,4%), sugar, sweets and desserts
(1,0%), oils and fats (0,7%), hot beverages (0,6%), bread and cereals (0,5%), milk, eggs and cheese (0,2%) and vegetables
(0,1%). The following component decreased: fruit (-1,0%).

The transport index decreased by 3,0% between December 2014 and January 2015, mainly due to a 127c/litre decrease in the
price of petrol. The annual rate decreased to -2,5% in January 2015 from 1,7% in December 2014.

The miscellaneous goods and services index increased by 0,6% between December 2014 and January 2015. The annual
rate increased to 7,3% in January 2015 from 7,1% in December 2014.
The provinces with an annual inflation rate lower than or equal to headline inflation were Northern Cape (4,3%), Gauteng
(4,3%), KwaZulu-Natal (4,2%) and Limpopo (4,0%). The provinces with an annual inflation rate higher than headline inflation
were Western Cape (4,9%), Eastern Cape (4,8%), Free State (4,6%), North West (4,5%) and Mpumalanga (4,5%).

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