Korea Consumer Confidence


Korea: Consumer confidence stable in March

March 27, 2014

In March, the Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) published by the Bank of Korea stabilized at the 108 points recorded in February. The index is still above the 100-point threshold, which indicates that consumers are more optimistic than pessimistic. According to the Central Bank, consumers' views regarding their current living standards as well as the country's overall economic condition deteriorated slightly compared to February. Conversely, households were more optimistic regarding their country's economic prospects and their opinions regarding prospective purchases of big-ticket items improved over the previous month. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to expand 2.8% in 2014, which is unchanged from last month's forecast. For 2015, the panel sees private consumption accelerating to 3.1%.

Author:, Senior Economist

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Korea Consumer Confidence March 2014

Note: Composite Consumer Sentiment Index (CCSI). An index value above 100 indicates an optimistic outlook while a value below 100 indicates a pessimistic outlook.
Source: Bank of Korea (BoK).

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