South Korea’s August Consumer Confidence

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

A reading above 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists.

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                                Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.  Jan.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Composite consumer sentiment     105   105   105   104   102   104   102   102
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  91    93    91    91    90    90    89    88
 Domestic economy                 81    82    82    79    74    73    69    67
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  98    99   100    98    97    98    96    96
 Domestic economy                 93    95    97    97    88    93    90    90
 Change in interest rates         98   100    90    84    85    94    90    92
 Employment                       91    92    96    94    90    93    90    91
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                                Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.  Jan.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 99    99    99    99    99   100    99   101
 Spending plans                  109   105   106   106   105   109   106   107
  Durable goods                   92    90    91    89    88    89    88    89
  Clothing                        99    98    99    98    97    98    95    97
  Dining out                      90    88    88    88    86    87    84    87
  Travel                          87    88    88    86    84    84    81    82
  Education                      104   104   103   102   104   105   106   106
  Medical care                   111   110   111   110   110   111   108   110
  Recreation, entertainment       90    89    88    88    87    87    86    89
  Transp, communication          110   109   108   109   109   112   110   113
  Housing                        106   104   104   105   104   106   105   108
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving         88    88    87    87    87    87    86    85
 Present household debt          102   102   103   103   103   102   103   104
 Exp. household saving            92    93    92    93    92    92    92    91
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                                Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.  Jan.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
 Exp. household debt              99    98    99    98    98    98   101   100
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes          138   133   132   135   136   138   137   141
 Expected housing price          102   103   110   111   105   101    95    94
 Expected wage                   116   118   115   116   114   115   113   115
 Inflation perceptions           3.0   2.9   2.9   3.0   3.2   3.3   3.3   3.4
 Expected inflation level        3.0   2.9   2.8   2.9   3.1   3.2   3.2   3.2
                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
Composite consumer sentiment       0     0     1     2    -2     2     0     3
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  -2     2     0     1     0     1     1     3
 Domestic economy                 -1     0     3     5     1     4     2     0
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  -1    -1     2     1    -1     2     0     3
 Domestic economy                 -2    -2     0     9    -5     3     0     5
 Change in interest rates         -2    10     6    -1    -9     4    -2    -5
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                                Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.  Jan.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Employment                       -1    -4     2     4    -3     3    -1     5
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                  0     0     0     0    -1     1    -2     4
 Spending plans                    4    -1     0     1    -4     3    -1    -1
  Durable goods                    2    -1     2     1    -1     1    -1     1
  Clothing                         1    -1     1     1    -1     3    -2    -3
  Dining out                       2     0     0     2    -1     3    -3     0
  Travel                          -1     0     2     2     0     3    -1    -3
  Education                        0     1     1    -2    -1    -1     0    -5
  Medical care                     1    -1     1     0    -1     3    -2    -5
  Recreation, entertainment        1     1     0     1     0     1    -3    -2
  Transp, communication            1     1    -1     0    -3     2    -3    -1
  Housing                          2     0    -1     1    -2     1    -3   n/a
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving          0     1     0     0     0     1     1    -3
 Present household debt            0    -1     0     0     1    -1    -1     0
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                                Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.  Jan.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Exp. Household saving            -1     1    -1     1     0     0     1    -1
 Exp. Household debt               1    -1     1     0     0    -3     1    -3
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes            5     1    -3    -1    -2     1    -4     0
 Expected housing price           -1    -7    -1     6     4     6     1   n/a
 Expected wage                    -2     3    -1     2    -1     2    -2   n/a
 Inflation perceptions           0.1     0     0     0     0     0     0   n/a
 Expected inflation level        0.1   0.1  -0.1  -0.2  -0.1   0.0   0.0   0.1
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Note: Level change from prior period is calculated by Bloomberg.

SOURCE: Bank of Korea

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