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Monthly Economic Trends

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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2017. 12
2017/12/06
Language Korean/English
SUMMARY □ Export-driven economic improvements exhibited a slight moderation.

○ October posted a sharp contraction in production indicators but the improvement trend was maintained at a modest pace given the reduced workdays for Chuseok and long holidays.

- Most production indicators posted negative growths but there was a small increase in the average growth for Sep.-Oct. despite reduced workdays.

○ Domestic demand indicators exhibited steep fluctuations on temporary factors while consumer sentiment trended up. But, investment-related indicators showed slowing growth led by the value of construction completed.

- Retail sales enjoyed a relatively high growth on average in Sep.-Oct. and the CCSI surpassed far beyond the baseline.

- Facilities investment, mainly semiconductor manufacturing equipment, seems to be continuing the favorable trend as relevant leading indicators maintained fast growth.

- Meanwhile, the growth in construction investment gradually slowed and its leading indicators deteriorated further, signaling the opposite from facilities investment.

○ Meanwhile, exports of semiconductors and a few other items maintained favorable growth but total export growth has moderated somewhat even when taking into account the impact from the decline in vessel export.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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