South Korea’s September Consumer Confidence

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

A reading above 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists.

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                               Sept.  Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Composite consumer sentiment     102   105   105   105   104   102   104   102
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  89    91    93    91    91    90    90    89
 Domestic economy                 77    81    82    82    79    74    73    69
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  95    98    99   100    98    97    98    96
 Domestic economy                 97    93    95    97    97    88    93    90
 Change in interest rates         97    98   100    90    84    85    94    90
 Employment                       95    91    92    96    94    90    93    90
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                               Sept.  Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 97    99    99    99    99    99   100    99
 Spending plans                  105   109   105   106   106   105   109   106
  Durable goods                   91    92    90    91    89    88    89    88
  Clothing                        98    99    98    99    98    97    98    95
  Dining out                      89    90    88    88    88    86    87    84
  Travel                          85    87    88    88    86    84    84    81
  Education                      101   104   104   103   102   104   105   106
  Medical care                   107   111   110   111   110   110   111   108
  Recreation, entertainment       89    90    89    88    88    87    87    86
  Transp, communication          116   110   109   108   109   109   112   110
  Housing                        116   106   104   104   105   104   106   105
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving         86    88    88    87    87    87    87    86
 Present household debt          103   102   102   103   103   103   102   103
 Exp. household saving            90    92    93    92    93    92    92    92
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                               Sept.  Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
 Exp. household debt              99    99    98    99    98    98    98   101
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes          144   138   133   132   135   136   138   137
 Expected housing price          109   102   103   110   111   105   101    95
 Expected wage                   119   116   118   115   116   114   115   113
 Inflation perceptions           2.9   3.0   2.9   2.9   3.0   3.2   3.3   3.3
 Expected inflation level        2.9   3.0   2.9   2.8   2.9   3.1   3.2   3.2
                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
Composite consumer sentiment      -3     0     0     1     2    -2     2     0
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  -2    -2     2     0     1     0     1     1
 Domestic economy                 -4    -1     0     3     5     1     4     2
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  -3    -1    -1     2     1    -1     2     0
 Domestic economy                  4    -2    -2     0     9    -5     3     0
 Change in interest rates         -1    -2    10     6    -1    -9     4    -2
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                               Sept.  Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Employment                        4    -1    -4     2     4    -3     3    -1
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 -2     0     0     0     0    -1     1    -2
 Spending plans                   -4     4    -1     0     1    -4     3    -1
  Durable goods                   -1     2    -1     2     1    -1     1    -1
  Clothing                        -1     1    -1     1     1    -1     3    -2
  Dining out                      -1     2     0     0     2    -1     3    -3
  Travel                          -2    -1     0     2     2     0     3    -1
  Education                       -3     0     1     1    -2    -1    -1     0
  Medical care                    -4     1    -1     1     0    -1     3    -2
  Recreation, entertainment       -1     1     1     0     1     0     1    -3
  Transp, communication            6     1     1    -1     0    -3     2    -3
  Housing                         10     2     0    -1     1    -2     1    -3
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving         -2     0     1     0     0     0     1     1
 Present household debt            1     0    -1     0     0     1    -1    -1
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                               Sept.  Aug.  July  June   May April March  Feb.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013  2013
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Exp. Household saving            -2    -1     1    -1     1     0     0     1
 Exp. Household debt               0     1    -1     1     0     0    -3     1
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes            6     5     1    -3    -1    -2     1    -4
 Expected housing price            7    -1    -7    -1     6     4     6     1
 Expected wage                     3    -2     3    -1     2    -1     2    -2
 Inflation perceptions          -0.1   0.1   0.0  -0.1  -0.2  -0.1   0.0  -0.1
 Expected inflation level       -0.1   0.1   0.1  -0.1  -0.2  -0.1   0.0   0.0
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Note: Level change from prior period is calculated by Bloomberg.

SOURCE: Bank of Korea

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