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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 8

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KDI Brief No.143 (August 07, 2018)

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 8
Export growth has been maintained but domestic demand growth is weakening, putting a drag on the pace of economic improvement.
 
 
Exports remains relatively positive led by semiconductors.
 
Investments remained stagnant and consumption improved at a moderate pace, indicating that domestic demand is somewhat weaker.
- Facilities investment tumbled led by machinery while construction investment remains sluggish.
- Retail sales slowed in growth and the CCSI decreased, indicating that consumption growth is moderating.
 
Influenced by demand conditions, industrial production is moderating further, except in semiconductors and certain other industries.
- Despite the gains in a few service industries, growth in the total number of the employed remains weak on the continued decline in manufacturing employment.
Major Economic Indicators
(Year-on-Year % Change)
2016 2017 2017 2018
5 6 7

   Exports (f.o.b.)

-5.9

15.8

24.0

8.4

9.9

3.4

13.2

-0.2

6.2

   Imports (c.i.f.)

-6.9

17.8

17.9

11.6

13.6

12.8

12.8

10.8

16.2

   Balance of Trade
   (Billion US Dollars)

89.2

95.2

30.2

20.1

12.8

19.3

6.6

6.3

7.0

   Consumer Price

1.0

1.9

2.3

1.5

1.3

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

   3-year Treasury Bonds

1.64

2.13

1.89

2.13

2.22

2.12

2.20

2.12

2.12

   KOSPI

2,026

2,468

2,394

2,468

2,446

2,326

2,423

2,326

2,295

   Won/Dollar Exchange Rate

1,207.7

1,070.5

1,145.4

1,070.5

1,063.5

1,114.5

1,077.0

1,114.5

1,118.7

   Oil Prices
   (Dubai, US$/Barrel)

41.4

53.2

50.5

59.3

63.9

72.1

74.4

73.6

73.1

※ This summary and assessment is a part of 『KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 8』. Please visit the KDI Monthly Economic Trends page and see more graphs.
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