According to Statistics South Africa seasonally adjusted and annualised gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.9 percent in the quarter, well below forecasts of a 1.9 percent rise, and falling short of fourth-quarter growth of 2.1 percent.
Negative contributions to the slowdown included the manufacturing industry (-1.2 percent), the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry and the electricity, gas and water industry (each contributing -0.1 of a percentage point).
The news has knocked the rand to a four-year low.
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