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Monthly Economic Trends

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2017. 8
2017/08/04
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY □ The Korean economy exhibits a slightly weakening recovery lately, following the improvement trend seen after the 4Q last year.

○ The mining and manufacturing production recorded a negative growth, particularly in manufacturing, pointing to a weak improvement in industrial production.

- June’s all industry production growth continued to trend down since March and its seasonally adjusted MOM growth also slid.

- Services production also shows little momentum to support an overall recovery.

○ Facilities investment maintained an improvement led by the semiconductor industry, but other sectors exhibited an adjustment in demand growth.

- Construction investment posted an adjustment in the favorable conditions seen during the past 1-2 years while exports, excluding semiconductors and vessels, exhibited a slow growth.

- Private consumption, including overseas consumption, showed relatively stable growth but the retail sales growth—more related to domestic economic condition—exhibited a gradual decrease.

○ Meanwhile, the leading composite index continued to improve and the consumer sentiment index remained favorable, suggesting that expectations of an economic recovery still run high.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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