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S. Korean Economy in Limbo: A Mix of Risks and Potentials Shape 2023 Outlook

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South Korea’s economy is amid a slowdown, with the central bank’s 2023 growth forecast lower than in February.

The Bank of Korea’s research department reported that private consumption has recovered from the slowdown in the last quarter of 2022.

The country’s exports have declined significantly due to a sluggish IT industry.

The bank expects the economy to improve in the second half of 2023 as external conditions improve.

Due to various factors affecting the country’s economy, the growth path remains highly uncertain.

On the upside, South Korea could benefit from a robust Chinese economic recovery, a rapid rebound in the global IT cycle, and easing geopolitical tensions.

However, several downside risks could hamper the country’s economic growth.

These include tighter monetary policies in major countries, spillover effects from the global financial turmoil, and worsening oil supply disruptions.

As for consumer price inflation, the Bank of Korea expects it to remain in the mid-3 percent range through 2023, broadly in line with the February forecast.

Core inflation is expected to be slightly higher than previously projected.

As for the current account balance, the central bank expects it to hover around a slight deficit or balance point, with an improvement expected in the second half of 2023.

Investors, strategists, and readers were interested in the Korean market should closely monitor the country’s economic indicators and potential risks to make informed decisions amid the uncertain outlook.

In particular, challenges in the IT industry and geopolitical tensions could shape the future of the South Korean economy.

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