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Monthly Economic Trends

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2017. 10
2017/10/12
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY □ Korea maintained the economic improvement driven by exports and the manufacturing industry but a recovery in domestic demand is still lagging.

○ Production in manufacturing such as semiconductors increased on favorable export momentum, boosting economic indicators on the production side.

- August’s services production maintained a modest growth while that in mining and manufacturing industry turned to an increase, supporting the economic improvement in production.

- Moreover, the favorable export momentum appears to be have been sustained overall with average daily exports (adjusted for changes in the number of workdays) recording high growths in September.

○ However, consumption growth abated, hinting at a gradual moderation in domestic demand.

- Growth in retail sales ascended in July owing to temporary factors but plummeted in August while consumer sentiment weakened gradually.

- The value of construction completed exhibited slowing growth while relevant leading indicators remained sluggish.

- Meanwhile, facilities investment maintained relatively strong growth driven by semiconductor manufacturing equipment, partially making up for the setbacks in other domestic demand.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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