Exports in Korea
Korea - Exports
Exports continue to dip in August
Merchandise exports plunged 13.6% year-on-year in August, sharper than the 11.0% drop recorded in July, totaling USD 44.2 billion in August (July: USD 46.1 billion). Meanwhile, merchandise imports fell 4.2% in August, compared to July’s 2.7% fall, and totaling USD 42.5 billion (July: USD 43.7 billion). The trade sector remains dejected by heightened external headwinds including a slowdown in global demand for tech products, trade protectionism and flagging prices for semiconductors, which are key exports of Korea.
The merchandise trade surplus narrowed considerably to USD 1.7 billion in August from USD 6.8 billion in the same month a year prior (July 2019: USD 2.4 billion surplus). Meanwhile, the 12-month moving sum of the trade balance narrowed to a USD 48.2 billion surplus in August from the USD 53.3 billion surplus in July.
Going forward, the outlook for Korea’s external sector looks likely to remain in a bad way as the recent escalation of the U.S.-China trade dispute and the South Korea-Japan trade spat should further depress foreign demand. That said, the recent depreciation of the won may provide some stimulus to the flagging sector.
FocusEconomics panelists expect merchandise exports to decline 2.4% and imports to decrease 5.3% in 2019, bringing the trade surplus to USD 83.7 billion. In 2020, exports are expected to increase 3.0% and imports to rise 3.9%, resulting in a trade surplus of USD 81.6 billion.
Korea - Exports Data
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November 1, 2019
Consumer prices increased 0.2% over the prior month in October, down from September’s 0.4% rise.
November 1, 2019
The IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) ticked up marginally from 48.0 in September to 48.4 in October, and thus remained below the 50-threshold that separates contraction from expansion in the manufacturing sector.
October 31, 2019
Industrial production increased 0.4% year-on-year in September, contrasting August’s revised 3.3% decline (previously: -2.9% year-on-year).
October 29, 2019
The Bank of Korea’s forward-looking business confidence indicator for manufacturers edged down to 72 in November from 73 in October, while confidence in the non-manufacturing sector also decreased to 72 points in November from 74 in the month prior.
October 24, 2019
According to preliminary data released by the Bank of Korea, the economy grew 2.0% in annual terms in the third quarter, matching the second quarter’s reading and just shy of market analyst expectations of 2.1% growth.