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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 6

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KDI Brief No.135 (June 07, 2018)

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 6
The Korean economy sustained modest growth driven by robust exports although growth in domestic demand is slowing gradually.
 
 
Growth in retail sales remained strong but improvement in consumption-related services production has been delayed.
 
Facilities investment growth is slowing at a relatively fast pace and construction investment growth remained low, suggesting that investment growth is on the decline.
 
Exports growth rose higher than last month, particularly in semiconductors, helping to buffer some of the slow growth in domestic demand.
- Meanwhile, mining and manufacturing production turned to an increase recently, pointing to a moderating slowdown, but the overall pace of improvements appears limited.
 
Employment growth remained low from last month with manufacturing and construction posting declines, reflecting delayed improvements in production-related activities.
 
Major Economic Indicators
(Year-on-Year % Change)
2016 2017 2017 2018
3 4 5

   Exports (f.o.b.)

-5.9

15.8

16.7

24.0

8.4

10.1

6.0

-1.5

13.5

   Imports (c.i.f.)

-6.9

17.8

18.6

17.9

11.6

13.6

5.3

14.5

12.6

   Balance of Trade
   (Billion US Dollars)

89.2

95.2

29.3

30.2

20.1

13.2

6.7

6.6

6.7

   Consumer Price

1.0

1.9

1.9

2.3

1.5

1.3

1.3

1.6

1.5

   3-year Treasury Bonds

1.64

2.13

1.70

1.89

2.13

2.22

2.22

2.22

2.20

   KOSPI

2,026

2,468

2,392

2,394

2,468

2,446

2,446

2,515

2,423

   Won/Dollar Exchange Rate

1,207.7

1,070.5

1,144.1

1,145.4

1,070.5

1,063.5

1,063.5

1,068.0

1,077.0

   Oil Prices
   (Dubai, US$/Barrel)

41.4

53.2

49.8

50.5

59.3

63.9

64.8

66.2

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※ This summary and assessment is a part of 『KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 6』. Please visit the KDI Monthly Economic Trends page and see more graphs.
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