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Slight uptick in annual inflation

Statistics South Africa says inflation stands at 4,7 percent for June.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been a slight increase in headline annual inflation.

Statistics South Africa says it stands at 4,7 percent for June, only point-one of a percentage point higher than the corresponding figure of 4,6 percent for May.

On average prices increased by point-four percent in May and June this year.

The transport index increased by 1,4 percent in this period mainly due to another increase in the price of petrol.

However, the food and non-alcoholic beverages index saw a decrease including bread, cereals and fish.

On the other hand, milk, eggs and cheese saw an increase.

But the fight against inflation may be boosted with an expected drop in the petrol price at the end of this month.

These combined factors will give the Monetary Policy Committee something to think about ahead of taking a final decision on interest rates on Thursday.