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Monthly Economic Trends

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2019. 2
2019/02/12
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY ■ The Korean economy exhibits a continued slowdown in production and demand.

○ Production in industrial (mining and manufacturing) and services exhibited slow growth as that in construction also remained weak.

- There was a slight increase in most industrial and service sectors, excl. semiconductors and human health and social work activities.

- Construction continued to tumble led by building construction.

○ Both domestic demand and exports were tepid.

- December’s retail sales grew at a slower pace while the manufacturing inventory-to-shipments ratio climbed and the capacity utilization rate remained low, suggesting that facilities investment continued to decrease.

- January’s exports (amount) receded further mainly in key items such as semiconductors and petroleum products, additionally pressured by a slowing global economy.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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