Rand recovers as rates may be cut further

JOHANNESBURG – The rand recovered yesterday from its weakest in a month after consumer inflation figures for August suggested interest rates will fall further, reviving economic growth.

At 5pm, the rand was 0.32% firmer at R13.264 to the dollar, reversing losses of the last week-and-a-half caused by a report showing stronger US inflation, which pushed it as low as R13.35, its softest since August 15.

The rand has surrendered about 5% since September 6, tumbling through crucial technical support that saw traders mark the currency for short-selling.

But the rand recovered yesterday after SA reported consumer inflation rose less than expected, to …read more