S&P sees economy growing just 2.5%

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S&P sees economy growing just 2.5%

HONG KONG - Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said yesterday it has lowered its forecast for Korea’s economic growth this year due to ongoing global economic uncertainties.

Korea’s economy will grow 2.5 percent in 2012, lower than its previous estimate of 3 percent, S&P predicted. The global rating agency said the country’s export-driven economy will be affected by a slowdown in China, ongoing troubles in Europe and a weaker recovery.

“The China slowdown has a flow-on effect to the export-oriented Asian economies of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and the trading port cities of Hong Kong and Singapore. The slowdown in China and the economies in the euro zone and U.S. have also resulted in lower commodity prices,” said Andrew Palmer, a credit analyst at S&P. S&P also lowered its forecast for China’s economic growth this year to 7.5 percent from 8 percent.

“Our lower forecast for China recognizes that the central government had elected not to inject an economic stimulus of a size and speed necessary for an 8 percent growth rate. It appears that the approach by the Chinese authorities remains influenced by the unpleasant experience of the inflationary effect, particularly on real estate prices, of the stimulus they initiated in late 2008-2009,” Palmer said.


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