Korea Business Confidence April 2021


Korea: Business confidence hits multi-year high in April

March 31, 2021

Business confidence amid manufacturing firms came in at 91.0 in April, up notably from March's 85.0. April's result marked the strongest reading since August 2011. As a result, the index moved closer to the 100-point threshold, but still indicated pessimism among businesses.

The improvement came as export-oriented firms turned slightly optimistic, and domestic demand-oriented firms became less pessimistic. In addition, overall sales prospects also became positive. However, despite a broadly positive development regarding expectations, businesses’ outlook on profitability deteriorated slightly.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect fixed investment to rise 4.0% in 2021, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2022, the panel expects fixed investment to grow 3.2%.up 0.3 percentage points

Author:, Junior Economist

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Korea Business Confidence April 2021

Note: Business Survey Index (BSI). An index value above 100 indicates an optimistic outlook while a value below 100 indicates a pessimistic outlook.
Source: Bank of Korea.

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