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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 10

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KDI Brief No.150 (October 10, 2018)

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 10
Export growth maintained a favorable growth trend led by semiconductors. But, the domestic situation remained stagnant due to reduced investment and weak employment.
 
 
Given temporary factors such as reduced workdays, exports remained favorable led by semiconductors.
- September’s exports receded temporarily due to the Chuseok holidays arriving earlier than last year but continued the upward trend on a daily average basis.
 
However, both facilities and construction investment continued to slide and the slowdown in employment persisted.
- Retail sales growth was maintained but the overall consumption recovery pace including services appears to be modest.
- Facilities and construction investment continued to decrease, led by machinery and building construction sector, respectively.
- Employment growth improved tepidly with falling employment and increasing unemployment.
Major Economic Indicators
(Year-on-Year % Change)
2016 2017 2017 2018
7 8 9

   Exports (f.o.b.)

-5.9

15.8

8.4

9.9

3.1

1.7

6.1

8.7

-8.2

   Imports (c.i.f.)

-6.9

17.8

11.6

13.7

12.8

7.7

16.4

9.4

-2.1

   Balance of Trade
   (Billion US Dollars)

89.2

95.2

20.1

12.7

18.7

23.4

6.9

6.9

9.7

   Consumer Price

1.0

1.9

1.5

1.3

1.5

1.6

1.5

1.4

1.9

   3-year Treasury Bonds

1.64

2.13

2.13

2.22

2.12

2.01

2.12

1.92

2.01

   KOSPI

2,026

2,468

2,468

2,446

2,326

2,343

2,295

2,323

2,343

   Won/Dollar Exchange Rate

1,207.7

1,070.5

1,070.5

1,063.5

1,114.5

1,109.5

1,118.7

1,112.9

1,109.3

   Oil Prices
   (Dubai, US$/Barrel)

41.4

53.2

59.3

63.9

72.1

74.2

73.1

72.5

77.2

※ This summary and assessment is a part of 『KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 10』. Please visit the KDI Monthly Economic Trends page and see more graphs.
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