South Korea GDP Growth Rate 1970-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Korea expanded 0.40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 over the previous quarter. GDP Growth Rate in South Korea averaged 1.69 percent from 1970 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 6.80 percent in the first quarter of 1988 and a record low of -7 percent in the first quarter of 1998. GDP Growth Rate in South Korea is reported by the The Bank of Korea.

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South Korea GDP Growth Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 0.90 6.80 -7.00 1970 - 2014 percent Quarterly
South Korea has an export oriented economy. Following the Asian financial crisis in late 90’s, South Korea economy grew at an average 1.1 percent on a quarter over quarter basis, fueled by exports, which account for half of its GDP. South Korea is the world's leading producer of displays and memory semiconductors and the second largest shipbuilding producer. Yet, the high reliance on exports together with a limited domestic market and a rapidly aging population are the main threats to the future growth. This page provides - South Korea GDP Growth Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - South Korea GDP Growth Rate - was last refreshed on Friday, February 27, 2015.


South Korea GDP Growth Matches Estimates in Q4


The South Korean economy advanced 0.4 percent on quarter in the three months to December, in line with market expectations but lower than a 0.9 percent increase in the previous period. It was the slowest growth since the third quarter of 2012 as exports and investment contracted and consumption slowed.

Private consumption expanded by 0.5 percent (1.0 percent in Q3) as expenditures on both durable and nondurable goods increased.

Construction investment fell by 9.2 percent (2.5 percent in Q3), with decreases in both building construction and civil engineering.

Facilities investment grew by 5.6 percent, rebounding from a 0.5 percent drop in the previous quarter due to increases in both transport equipment and machinery investment.

Intellectual property products investment expanded by 0.1 percent (0.6 percent in Q3), centering around software investment.

Exports contracted by 0.3 percent (-2.2 percent in Q3) led downward by those of LCDs and ships. Imports also fell by 0.6 percent (-0.5 percent in Q3), mainly due to imports of crude oil and metal products.

Year-on-year, the GDP advanced 2.7 percent in the last quarter of 2014, down from a 3.2 percent rise in the previous period.

Bank of Korea | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/23/2015 11:55:12 AM


Recent Releases

South Korea GDP Expands 0.9% QoQ in Q3
The South Korean economy advanced 0.9 percent on quarter in the three months to September compared with a 0.5 percent expansion in the previous period and due to a rebound in private consumption and higher construction investment. Published on 2014-10-24

South Korean Economy Advances Less than Expected
The South Korean GDP expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous period. Final estimates came below the advance 0.6 percent expansion, as investment and exports grew less than anticipated. Published on 2014-09-04


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-24 12:00 AM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ - Adv  Q3
0.9% 0.5% 0.8% 0.5%
2014-12-03 11:00 PM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ Final  Q3
0.9% 0.5% 0.9% 0.9%
2015-01-22 11:00 PM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ Adv  Q4
0.4% 0.9% 0.4% 0.41%
2015-03-25 11:00 PM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ Final  Q4
0.9% 0.4% 0.4%
2015-04-23 12:00 AM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ Adv  Q1
0.29%
2015-06-04 12:00 AM
GDP Growth Rate QoQ Final  Q1


South Korea GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP 1304.55 1222.81 1304.55 2.36 USD Billion [+]
GDP Growth Rate 0.40 0.90 6.80 -7.00 percent [+]
GDP Annual Growth Rate 2.70 3.20 18.20 -7.30 percent [+]
GDP Constant Prices 360160.00 358782.20 360160.00 14934.60 KRW Billion [+]
Gross National Product 355968.00 354573.30 365088.20 14696.60 KRW Billion [+]
GDP per capita 23892.53 23303.01 23892.53 1106.75 USD [+]
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 102650.10 105875.40 105875.40 2402.10 KRW Billion [+]
GDP per capita PPP 32708.11 31901.07 32708.11 12086.76 USD [+]


GDP Growth Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 0.30 Aug/14 0.50 4.50 -2.00 percent [+]
Brazil 0.10 Aug/14 -0.60 4.50 -4.20 percent [+]
Canada 0.70 Aug/14 0.90 3.33 -1.80 percent [+]
China 1.50 Nov/14 1.90 2.50 1.40 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.30 Nov/14 0.20 1.30 -2.80 percent [+]
France 0.10 Nov/14 0.30 1.60 -1.70 percent [+]
Germany 0.70 Nov/14 0.10 2.10 -3.70 percent [+]
India 1.50 Aug/14 1.30 5.80 -1.90 percent [+]
Indonesia -2.06 Nov/14 3.16 3.82 -3.57 percent [+]
Italy 0.00 Nov/14 -0.10 6.00 -3.50 percent [+]
Japan 0.60 Nov/14 -0.60 3.20 -4.00 percent [+]
Mexico 0.70 Nov/14 0.50 2.90 -6.60 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.50 Nov/14 0.20 2.00 -2.20 percent [+]
Russia 0.04 Aug/14 0.14 4.10 -5.40 percent [+]
South Korea 0.40 Nov/14 0.90 6.80 -7.00 percent [+]
Spain 0.70 Nov/14 0.50 1.53 -1.60 percent [+]
Switzerland 0.60 Aug/14 0.30 1.90 -2.20 percent [+]
Turkey 0.40 Aug/14 -0.50 6.69 -7.57 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.50 Nov/14 0.70 5.00 -2.70 percent [+]
United States 2.60 Nov/14 5.00 16.90 -10.00 percent [+]