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PRESS RELEASES

Korean Foreign Direct Investment, Q1 2018

  • DivisionInternational Economic Affairs Bureau - International Economic Cooperation Division
  • DateJune 12, 2018
  • Tel044-215-7632

Foreign Direct Investment Q1 2018

 

Korean FDI Posts US $9.61 Billion in Q1 2018

 

 

Korean foreign direct investment posted US $9.61 billion in the first quarter of 2018, exceeding the quarterly average of US $9.42 billion in 2015-2017.  Korean FDI fell 28.3 percent from the same period a year ago when it rose to a record high of US $13.40 billion, and 5.2 percent from US $10.14 billion in the previous quarter.

 

Korean FDI, Q1 2018

(US$ billions, %)

FDI

2016

2017

2018

Q3

Q4

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Q1

Change

Amount Invested

8.72

13.05

13.40

10.30

9.86

10.14

9.61

-28.3

(y-o-y)

-5.2

(q-o-q)

 

 

By industry, Korean FDI focused on finance & insurance (33.4%), manufacturing (24.8%), real estate & renting (11.6%), construction (7.9%) and professional, scientific & technical services (4.6%).

 

FDI by Industry, Q1 2018

       (US$ billions, %, y-o-y)

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

Change

Finance & insurance

2.66

3.21

20.9

Manufacturing

1.44

2.38

65.5

Real estate & renting

0.75

1.11

48.2

Construction

0.23

0.76

235.1

Professional, scientific & technical services

0.10

0.44

330.6

 

 

By region, FDI concentrated on Asia (38.0%), Europe (22.9%), North America (20.6%) and Latin America (13.8%).

 

FDI by Region, Q1 2018

      (US$ billions, %, y-o-y)

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

Change

Asia

2.50

3.65

45.9

Europe

1.32

2.20

66.8

North America

7.72

1.98

-74.4

Latin America

1.47

1.33

-9.6

 

 

By country, Korean FDI focused on the US (19.3%), Vietnam (11.2%), the UK (10.5%), Hong Kong (7.9%), Cayman Islands (7.4%) and China (6.9%).

 

FDI by Country, Q1 2018

 (US$ billions, %, y-o-y)

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

Change

US

7.61

1.85

-75.6

Vietnam

0.48

1.08

124.8

UK

0.41

1.01

146.9

Hong Kong

0.51

0.76

49.2

Cayman Islands

1.04

0.71

-31.8

 

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