Korea Business Confidence August 2020


Korea: Business confidence improves but remains in negative territory in August

July 30, 2020

The Bank of Korea’s forward-looking business confidence indicator for manufacturers rose to 57 in August from July's 51. August's result marked the best reading since March, although the indicator remained entrenched below the 100-threshold that separates pessimism from optimism among manufacturers.

A robust improvement in perspectives on sales drove the business confidence indicator higher in August. Moreover, slight improvements in the outlooks regarding profitability, raw material purchase prices and sales prices all contributed to the improvement. Meanwhile, confidence in the non-manufacturing sector increased from 59 in July to 60 in August. The Bank does not collect information about the drivers of sentiment among non-manufacturing firms.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect fixed investment to fall 1.3% in 2020, which is up 0.7 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2021, the panel expects fixed investment to grow 2.6%.


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Korea Business Confidence August 20 20

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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