Country Report Swaziland January 2008

Economic structure: Quarterly indicators

 20052006   2007  
 4 Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3 Qtr4 Qtr1 Qtr2 Qtr3 Qtr
Consumer prices (Jan 1996=100)197.0201.0202.9204.6208.0213.3n/an/a
Consumer prices (% change, year on year)
Consumer price Index “A”a196.3200.1201.9203.5206.7211.0n/an/a
Consumer price Index “A” (% change, year on year)
Consumer price Index “B”b217.6223.9227.1230.2236.9241.0n/an/a
Consumer price Index “B” (% change, year on year)
Financial indicators        
Exchange rate E:US$ (av)6.5386.1446.4577.1647.3217.2307.0917.107
Exchange rate E:US$ (end-period)6.3256.2057.1707.7656.9707.2757.1106.870
Deposit rate (av; %)3.893.894.055.136.656.756.767.04
Discount rate (end-period; %)
Lending rate (av; %)10.5010.5010.6711.3312.1712.5012.6713.33
Money market rate (av; %)3.363.363.664.845.756.006.216.79
Prime rate (end-period; %)10.5010.5011.0011.5012.5012.5013.0013.50
Treasury-bill rate (av; %)6.856.997.077.728.398.588.409.32
M1 (end-period; E m)1,294.81,326.21,328.21,445.71,358.11,477.41,568.21,589.6
M1 (% change, year on year)19.825.611.417.14.911.418.19.9
M2 (end-period; E m)3,469.93,971.44,057.24,352.44,340.34,627.35,041.44,940.8
M2 (% change, year on year)9.726.223.130.325.116.524.313.5
Sectoral trends        
Sugar exports ('000 tonnes)126.099.3142.7147.2138.6n/an/an/a
Electricity consumption (m kwh)216.0222.0224.8234.0231.4253.3n/an/a
Building plans approved, industrial (no.)3824224322n/an/an/a
Building plans approved, industrial (E ’000)67,1688,98114,01427,40013,681n/an/an/a
Foreign reserves        
Reserves excl gold (end-period; US$ m)243.9267.9294.8312.0372.5405.1643.4598.7
a Middle- and high-income groups, base January 1996=100. b Low-income groups in Mbabane and Manzini, base January 1996=100.
Sources: International Sugar Organisation (ISO), Statistical Bulletin; IMF, International Financial Statistics; Central Bank of Swaziland, Quarterly Review.

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