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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 3

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KDI Brief No.120 (March 08, 2018)

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 3
The Korean economy continues to exhibit moderate improvements led by exports.
 
 
Indicators related to production and construction showed a relatively strong rebound largely due to temporary factors but the improvement trend appears limited.
 
Facilities investment grew rapidly led by machinery, and retail sales continued the upward trend, indicating that key domestic demand indicators sustained moderate improvements.
 
Moreover, amid a stronger global economy, average exports per day posted a relatively high growth, pointing to continued robustness in exports.
 
Major Economic Indicators
(Year-on-Year % Change)
2016 2017 2017 2018
12 1 2

   Exports (f.o.b.)

-5.9

15.8

14.6

16.7

24.0

8.4

8.8

22.3

4.0

   Imports (c.i.f.)

-6.9

17.8

24.1

18.6

17.9

11.6

13.6

21.1

14.8

   Balance of Trade
   (Billion US Dollars)

89.2

95.2

15.6

29.3

30.2

20.1

5.5

3.6

3.3

   Consumer Price

1.0

1.9

2.1

1.9

2.3

1.5

1.5

1.0

1.4

   3-year Treasury Bonds

1.64

2.13

1.66

1.70

1.89

2.13

2.13

2.27

2.27

   KOSPI

2,026

2,468

2,160

2,392

2,394

2,468

2,468

2,566

2,427

   Won/Dollar Exchange Rate

1,207.7

1,070.5

1,118.4

1,144.1

1,145.4

1,070.5

1,070.5

1,067.9

1,082.8

   Oil Prices
   (Dubai, US$/Barrel)

41.4

53.2

53.1

49.8

50.5

59.3

61.6

66.2

62.7

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