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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2019. 1

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KDI Brief No.160 (January 14, 2019)

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2019. 1
The Korean economy is exhibiting a continued slowdown with domestic demand and exports stagnating.
 
 
Retail sales growth decelerated and investment receded further, pointing to weakness in overall domestic demand.
- Retail sales posted small gains and the CCSI remained low, indicating that private consumption growth is moderating.
- Both facilities and construction investment tumbled while relevant leading indicators remained sluggish.
 
December’s exports (amount) retreated mostly led by major items such as semiconductors and petrochemical products.
- The export environment is gradually weakening as uncertainties run high in the global economy.
Major Economic Indicators
(Year-on-Year % Change)
2017 2018 2018
10 11 12

   Exports (f.o.b.)

15.8

5.5

9.8

3.1

1.7

8.1

22.6

4.1

-1.2

   Imports (c.i.f.)

17.8

11.8

13.7

13.0

7.8

12.8

28.1

11.5

0.9

   Balance of Trade
   (Billion US Dollars)

95.2

70.5

12.7

18.7

23.2

15.9

6.4

5.1

4.6

   Consumer Price

1.9

1.5

1.1

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.0

1.3

   3-year Treasury Bonds

2.13

1.82

2.22

2.12

2.01

1.82

1.94

1.90

1.82

   KOSPI

2,468

2,041

2,446

2,326

2,343

2,041

2,030

2,097

2,041

   Won/Dollar Exchange Rate

1,070.5

1,115.7

1,063.5

1,114.5

1,109.3

1,115.7

1,139.6

1,121.2

1,115.7

   Oil Prices
   (Dubai, US$/Barrel)

53.2

69.7

63.9

72.1

74.2

67.4

79.4

65.6

57.3

※ This summary and assessment is a part of 『KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2019. 1』. Please visit the KDI Monthly Economic Trends page and see more graphs.
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