South Korea Oct factory output drops at fastest pace since May 2020
SEOUL – South Korea’s factory output dropped in October by more than expected and at the fastest pace in nearly 2-1/2 years, government data showed on Wednesday, amid weakening demand due to a global economic slowdown, and aggressive rate hikes.
The country’s industrial output fell by a seasonally adjusted 3.5 percent in October from a month earlier, accelerating from a revised 1.9 percent decline in September, according to Statistics Korea.
It missed economists’ expectations of a 1-percent fall tipped in a Reuters survey and marked the fastest decline since May 2020.
By product, cars and machineries fell 7.3 percent and 7.9 percent , respectively, leading the losses.
Output for the services sector fell 0.8 percent , faster than 0.2 percent a month before and the fastest since Dec. 2020, while retail sales lost 0.2 percent .
The country’s factory output fell 1.1 percent on a yearly basis, also below 0.0 percent expected in the survey, snapping a 12-month streak of annual gains.
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