SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s economy can post 3 percent growth in 2017 even if the gross domestic product contracts slightly in the fourth quarter, a Bank of Korea official told reporters on Thursday.
“Even if the economy posts negative growth, say about 0.54 percent in the fourth quarter (on-quarter), we can achieve 3 percent expansion this year,” Chung Kyu-il, director general for the Economic Statistics Department at the BOK said on the sidelines of a GDP briefing.
Chung said quarterly growth about 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter could boost annual growth to 3.2 percent, topping the central bank’s official 3 percent forecast.
South Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in more than seven years last quarter as robust exports offset weakness in consumption.
Responding to a question about export conditions, Chung said October’s export growth would slow from September’s level because a week-long national holiday reduced the number of working days.
Reporting by Cynthia Kim and Christine Kim; Editing by Eric Meijer