South Africa’s business confidence index recovered in January from its lowest level in 23 years after an increase in credit to the private sector but could come under pressure from a slowing economy, a survey showed recently. The Business Confidence Index (BCI) rose marginally to 80 from 79.6 in December.
“The financial climate was slightly more favourable towards business than in December as the volume of credit extension to the private sector picked up,” the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.
The SACCI however said decisive steps should be taken to counter the present difficulties facing South Africa’s economy.
The central bank and the International Monetary Fund revised Africa’s most advanced economy’s growth to 0.9% and 0.7% in 2016 respectively as uncertainty over policy, gaps in infrastructure and drought weigh on the economy.
The Business Confidence Index is generated monthly by SACCI as a measure the level of business confidence within the South African economy. The report includes commentary on the current state of the economy, as well as other economic indicators.