External Debt in Korea

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Korea - External Debt

After a Covid-19 wave dampened domestic demand in Q1 and caused GDP growth to slow, our panelists expect growth to weaken further in Q2. The industrial and external sectors—Korea’s main growth engines—have been hit by the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 outbreak in China due to their effects on external demand, supply chains and Korea’s terms of trade. The manufacturing PMI and export growth in April–May averaged lower than in Q1. An eight-day long trucker’s strike in June caused further disruption; exports were down 12.7% year on year in the first 10 days of the month. That said, the services sector is likely supporting activity given falling unemployment and that most Covid-19 restrictions were removed in April; consumer confidence and retail sales held up well that month despite rising inflation. The USD 49.5 billion supplementary budget passed in May will further support activity.

Korea - External Debt Data

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019  
External Debt (% of GDP)27.0  25.5  25.4  25.6  28.4  

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Korea External Debt
Note: External debt as % of GDP.
Source: Bank of Korea and FocusEconomics calculations.

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