South Korea’s May Consumer Confidence

Following is the table for South Korea’s monthly consumer survey index for May from the Bank of Korea in Seoul.

A reading above 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists.

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                                 May April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Composite consumer sentiment     104   102   104   102   102    99   100   100
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  91    90    90    89    88    85    87    87
 Domestic economy                 79    74    73    69    67    67    68    69
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  98    97    98    96    96    93    95    94
 Domestic economy                 97    88    93    90    90    85    81    80
 Change in interest rates         84    85    94    90    92    97    96    92
 Employment                       94    90    93    90    91    86    82    82
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                                 May April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 99    99   100    99   101    97    98    99
 Spending plans                  106   105   109   106   107   108   108   107
  Durable goods                   89    88    89    88    89    88    88    87
  Clothing                        98    97    98    95    97   100   100   100
  Dining out                      88    86    87    84    87    87    89    86
  Travel                          86    84    84    81    82    85    86    85
  Education                      102   104   105   106   106   111   110   110
  Medical care                   110   110   111   108   110   115   115   116
  Recreation, entertainment       88    87    87    86    89    91    91    91
  Transp, communication          109   109   112   110   113   114   114   114
  Housing                        105   104   106   105   108   n/a   n/a   n/a
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving         87    87    87    86    85    88    92    92
 Present household debt          103   103   102   103   104   104   104   104
 Exp. household saving            93    92    92    92    91    92    93    92
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                                 May April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
 Exp. household debt              98    98    98   101   100   103   103   103
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes          135   136   138   137   141   141   142   144
 Expected housing price          111   105   101    95    94   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected wage                   116   114   115   113   115   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Inflation perceptions           3.0   3.2   3.3   3.3   3.4   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected inflation level        2.9   3.1   3.2   3.2   3.2   3.1   3.2   3.3
                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
Composite consumer sentiment       2    -2     2     0     3    -1     0     1
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                   1     0     1     1     3    -2     0     1
 Domestic economy                  5     1     4     2     0    -1    -1     1
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                   1    -1     2     0     3    -2     1     2
 Domestic economy                  9    -5     3     0     5     4     1    -1
 Change in interest rates         -1    -9     4    -2    -5     1     4    -7
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                                 May April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Employment                        4    -3     3    -1     5     4     0    -4
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                  0    -1     1    -2     4    -1    -1     2
 Spending plans                    1    -4     3    -1    -1     0     1    -1
  Durable goods                    1    -1     1    -1     1     0     1    -1
  Clothing                         1    -1     3    -2    -3     0     0     3
  Dining out                       2    -1     3    -3     0    -2     3    -1
  Travel                           2     0     3    -1    -3    -1     1     1
  Education                       -2    -1    -1     0    -5     1     0     2
  Medical care                     0    -1     3    -2    -5     0    -1     2
  Recreation, entertainment        1     0     1    -3    -2     0     0     1
  Transp, communication            0    -3     2    -3    -1     0     0     0
  Housing                          1    -2     1    -3   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving          0     0     1     1    -3    -4     0     3
 Present household debt            0     1    -1    -1     0     0     0    -2
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                                 May April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Exp. Household saving             1     0     0     1    -1    -1     1    -1
 Exp. Household debt               0     0    -3     1    -3     0     0     1
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes           -1    -2     1    -4     0    -1    -2    -2
 Expected housing price            6     4     6     1   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected wage                     2    -1     2    -2   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Inflation perceptions          -0.2     0     0     0   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected inflation level       -0.2  -0.1   0.0   0.0   0.1  -0.1  -0.1  -0.2
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Note: Level change from prior period is calculated by Bloomberg.

SOURCE: Bank of Korea

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