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KDI Monthly Economic Trends 2018. 4
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SUMMARY □ The Korean economy continued to grow at a moderate pace owing to exports and consumption.

○ Mining and manufacturing production remained stagnant even after considering the influence from the Lunar New Year holidays, suggesting that the improvement in production-related indicators is limited.

○ Moreover, investment-related indicators moderated gradually as construction investment posted a slow growth amid the weakening momentum in facilities investment.

○ However, external conditions stayed favorable and consumption improved, implying that a rapid slowdown in growth is highly unlikely.

- Export growth slowed slightly but the continued improvements in world trade volume and OECD leading indicators suggest that exports may not tumble in the short-term.

- Meanwhile, consumer sentiments remained favorable and retail sales maintained relatively high growth, helping to support overall growth.
Private Consumption and Fixed Investment(at 2010 Constant Prices)
Net Purchases by Foreign Investors
Banks Loans to the Corporate Sector
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