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South Korean Economy Grows at Faster Pace in Q2 on Robust Private Spending
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 26 - 07 - 2022

The South Korean economy grew at a faster pace in the second quarter than three months earlier as private spending picked up due to eased COVID-19 restrictions despite a fall in exports, Yonhap quoted the central bank as said Tuesday.
The country's gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic performance, grew 0.7 percent on-quarter in the April-June period, accelerating from a 0.6 percent increase in the first quarter, according to an advance estimate from the Bank of Korea (BOK).
It marked the eighth straight quarterly growth since the third quarter of 2020, when GDP rose 2.3 percent on-quarter.
The on-quarter growth picked up in the second quarter as consumer and government spending rose despite a decline in exports. Asia's fourth-largest economy expanded 2.9 percent on-year in the second quarter.
Consumer spending rose 3 percent on-quarter in the second quarter, as spending on semidurable goods and in-person services, such as accommodations and restaurants, increased.
On April 18, South Korea lifted most COVID-19 restrictions, except the mask mandate, in a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life.
Government spending increased 1.1 percent due to increased fiscal spending aimed at coping with the pandemic.
In May, the country created a record extra budget of 62 trillion won (US$47 billion) to support pandemic-hit merchants and vulnerable people.
But exports, which account for half of the Korean economy, shrank 3.1 percent last quarter, compared with a 3.6 percent on-quarter increase in the first quarter.
The BOK said if the South Korean economy grows 0.3 percent on-quarter in both the third and fourth quarter, the yearly growth is likely to meet its forecast of 2.7 percent.
But it noted downside risks to economic growth remains high due to soaring inflation and economic slowdowns in major economies.
In June, the government lowered its 2022 economic growth outlook to 2.6 percent, while sharply raising this year's inflation outlook to a 14-year high of 4.7 percent. The BOK's 2022 inflation forecast stood at 4.5 percent.

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