S.Africa's PMI unchanged at 49.9 in January - CNBC Africa

S.Africa's PMI unchanged at 49.9 in January

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Data from the PMI survey sponsor Kagiso Tiso Holdings showed the index started the year at 49.9. PHOTO: Getty Images

This is as business activity and new sales orders weakened, a survey showed on Monday.

Data from the PMI survey sponsor Kagiso Tiso Holdings showed the index started the year at 49.9, its second consecutive month below the 50-point mark.

However, manufacturers were optimistic that the weak rand could boost exports.

"Given that local demand is likely to remain relatively weak, manufacturers may be expecting a boost to exports due to improved demand from the Eurozone and a possible competitive edge from the weak rand," said Abdul Davids, head of research at Kagiso Asset Management.

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