The Consumer Vulnerability Index (CVI) for South Africa edged up to 52.1 in the first quarter of 2019 from 50 in the previous quarter. However, the increase has been slight, and the CVI has essentially been on a sideways trajectory over the past two years after having shown a moderate increase during 2014-2016. The CVI at just over 52, currently indicates a slightly elevated vulnerability score for households. A value below 50 would indicate a lower than average vulnerability and a value above 50 a higher than average vulnerability.
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