South Korea economy contracts 1.0% in 2020; shrinks 1.4% in Q4

Author: Nurluqman Suratman

2021/01/26

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea's economy contracted by 1.0% year on year in 2020, its worst performance in 23 years, as exports and manufacturing faltered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the fourth quarter, its GDP shrank by a steeper annualized rate of 1.4% compared with a 1.1% decline in the third quarter, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said on Tuesday.

Full-year 2020 manufacturing output fell by 1.0%, while exports dropped by 2.5%. Exports account for about 50% of South Korea's economy.

Private consumption fell by 5.0% year on year in 2020.

In the fourth quarter, manufacturing inched up by 0.1%, with exports up by 1.0%.

For 2021, the South Korean economy is projected to rebound and post a 3.0% growth, based on the central bank’s forecast in November last year.

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