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Monthly Economic Trends

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 12
2018/12/10
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY ■ The Korean economy is gradually moderating as export growth slows amid stagnating domestic demand.

○ Domestic demand expanded temporarily due to the early Chuseok holidays but remained tepid overall.

- October’s retail sales and investment indicators rose higher or dropped less affected by the increased workdays.

- However, given the influence of temporary factors, the growth in retail sales is weak. Additionally, weakening consumer sentiment indicates mounting negative signals over private consumption.

- Investment also remains weak when temporary factors are removed.

○ Export growth showed a slightly moderating rise in November led by major export items such as semiconductors and petrochemical products.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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