Domestic consumption shows positive signs but still weak: HyunUpdated: 2014-05-23 06:29:09 (KST)
Finance Minister Hyun Oh-seok, in a meeting Thursday morning with economy-related ministers, said that domestic consumption is slowly moving towards a path of recovery after a decline in demand spurred by last month's ferry accident.
However, he added that consumer sentiment is still fragile and promised to work actively to help comsumption and corporate investment rebound as quickly as possible.
Hyun said the government will closely monitor overall economic trends, and provide more support to the sectors hit hardest by the ferry accident, including retailers and the transportation and tourism industries.
As for overall industrial competitiveness, which is also not seen as strong, he promised to establish measures to boost electronic commerce within the next month to promote foreign investment and make inroads into overseas markets.
Local private financial researchers forecast the economy to stay on a moderate recovery path in the latter half of this year.
Their average estimate of this year's economic growth rate ranged between 3.9 percent to 4 percent, which is similar or slightly lower than the one previously set by the government.
They said weakened consumption and a gradual drop in the won-dollar exchange rate may work as negative factors of this year's economy.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.