South Korea’s April Consumer Confidence

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

A reading above 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists.

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                               April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct. Sept.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Composite consumer sentiment     102   104   102   102    99   100   100    99
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                  90    90    89    88    85    87    87    86
 Domestic economy                 74    73    69    67    67    68    69    68
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  97    98    96    96    93    95    94    92
 Domestic economy                 88    93    90    90    85    81    80    81
 Change in interest rates         85    94    90    92    97    96    92    99
 Employment                       90    93    90    91    86    82    82    86
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                               April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct. Sept.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 99   100    99   101    97    98    99    97
 Spending plans                  105   109   106   107   108   108   107   108
  Durable goods                   88    89    88    89    88    88    87    88
  Clothing                        97    98    95    97   100   100   100    97
  Dining out                      86    87    84    87    87    89    86    87
  Travel                          84    84    81    82    85    86    85    84
  Education                      104   105   106   106   111   110   110   108
  Medical care                   110   111   108   110   115   115   116   114
  Recreation, entertainment       87    87    86    89    91    91    91    90
  Transp, communication          109   112   110   113   114   114   114   114
  Housing                        104   106   105   108   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving         87    87    86    85    88    92    92    89
 Present household debt          103   102   103   104   104   104   104   106
 Exp. household saving            92    92    92    91    92    93    92    93
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                               April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct. Sept.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012  2012
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                                ------------------- Levels -------------------
 Exp. household debt              98    98   101   100   103   103   103   102
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes          136   138   137   141   141   142   144   146
 Expected housing price          105   101    95    94   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected wage                   114   115   113   115   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Inflation perceptions           3.2   3.3   3.3   3.4   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected inflation level        3.1   3.2   3.2   3.2   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.5
                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
Composite consumer sentiment      -2     2     0     3    -1     0     1    -2
Current economic situation     
 Living standard                   0     1     1     3    -2     0     1    -2
 Domestic economy                  1     4     2     0    -1    -1     1    -1
Expectation of economic situation
 Living standard                  -1     2     0     3    -2     1     2    -2
 Domestic economy                 -5     3     0     5     4     1    -1     2
 Change in interest rates         -9     4    -2    -5     1     4    -7     2
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                               April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct. Sept.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012  2012
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Employment                       -3     3    -1     5     4     0    -4     3
Consumer spending plans        
 Household income                 -1     1    -2     4    -1    -1     2     0
 Spending plans                   -4     3    -1    -1     0     1    -1    -3
  Durable goods                   -1     1    -1     1     0     1    -1     0
  Clothing                        -1     3    -2    -3     0     0     3    -1
  Dining out                      -1     3    -3     0    -2     3    -1    -1
  Travel                           0     3    -1    -3    -1     1     1    -1
  Education                       -1    -1     0    -5     1     0     2    -1
  Medical care                    -1     3    -2    -5     0    -1     2    -2
  Recreation, entertainment        0     1    -3    -2     0     0     1    -2
  Transp, communication           -3     2    -3    -1     0     0     0    -1
  Housing                         -2     1    -3   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Expectations of asset valuation
 Present household saving          0     1     1    -3    -4     0     3    -3
 Present household debt            1    -1    -1     0     0     0    -2     1
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                               April March  Feb.  Jan.  Dec.  Nov.  Oct. Sept.
                                2013  2013  2013  2013  2012  2012  2012  2012
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                                 ------- Level change from prior period ------
 Exp. Household saving             0     0     1    -1    -1     1    -1    -1
 Exp. Household debt               0    -3     1    -3     0     0     1     0
Expectations of prices         
 Expected price changes           -2     1    -4     0    -1    -2    -2    -1
 Expected housing price            4     6     1   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected wage                    -1     2    -2   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Inflation perceptions          -0.1     0     0   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
 Expected inflation level       -0.1   0.0   0.0   0.1  -0.1  -0.1  -0.2  -0.1
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Note: Level change from prior period is calculated by Bloomberg.

SOURCE: Bank of Korea

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