Inflation in Korea

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Inflation picks up slightly in December

Consumer prices increased 0.2% over the prior month in December, contrasting November’s 0.6% decrease. Higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, and household equipment and maintenance were chiefly behind December’s rise.

Inflation increase to 0.7% in December, following November’s 0.2% rise, but remained well below the Bank of Korea’s 2.0% target rate. Core inflation—which excludes fresh food and energy prices—edged up to 0.6% in December from 0.5% in November. Annual average inflation was stable at 0.4% in December from the month prior.

Going forward, inflationary pressures are projected to perk up this year as lower interest rates—particularly ultra-low mortgage rates—support household spending and credit demand. Meanwhile, strong government spending should also support wage growth and job creation, further fueling inflation. That being said, relatively tepid economic growth, elevated household debt and a subdued housing market will likely keep inflationary pressures comfortably below the Bank of Korea’s 2.0% target rate.

FocusEconomics panelists forecast inflation will average 1.1% in 2020, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 1.4% in 2021.

Korea - Inflation Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)1.3  1.3  0.7  1.0  1.9  

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Korea Inflation
Note: Annual variation of consumer price index (CPI) in %.
Source: Korea National Statistics Office and FocusEconomics calculations.

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