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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2017. 7
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY □ The Korean economy maintained modest improvements in economic activities led by exports and investment. However, the pace of improvement is slowing on sluggish production growth.

○ Exports exhibited high growth mainly in semiconductors and investment in machineries increased, signaling a continuation of improvements in economic activities.

○ However, manufacturing production and shipments showed slow growth, pointing to an adjustment in the rapid improvement of economic activities since 4Q of last year.

- Mining and manufacturing production and manufacturing shipments moderated since March while the inventory-to-shipments ratio continued on an upward trend.

○ Meanwhile, private consumption stagnated with retail sales staying at a low level, meaning that the improvement trend driven by exports has not spread to overall domestic demand.

- The labor market showed an easing in the contraction in manufacturing employment, but the sharp drop in services employment growth implies a delayed recovery.
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