South Korea's consumer prices increased 0.6 percent year-on-year in November of 2020 following a 0.1 percent rise in the previous month, while markets expected a 0.9 percent gain. The fresh food index fell 11.5% from the previous month, and rose 13.1 percent from the same month last year. Prices of fresh fish jumped 7.1%, while those of fresh vegetables climbed 7.0 percent and of fresh fruits 25.1 percent, compared to the same month last year. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged down 0.1 percent after declining 0.6 percent in the previous month, compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent increase. source: Statistics Korea

Inflation Rate in South Korea averaged 7.07 percent from 1966 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 32.50 percent in October of 1980 and a record low of -0.40 percent in September of 2019. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Korea Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Korea Inflation Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2020.

Inflation Rate in South Korea is expected to be 1.10 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in South Korea to stand at 1.20 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Korea Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 1.50 percent in 2021 and 1.70 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Korea Inflation Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 0.10 32.50 -0.40 1966 - 2020 percent Monthly
2015=100, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-09-01 11:00 PM Aug 0.7% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
2020-10-05 11:00 PM Sep 1% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
2020-11-02 11:00 PM Oct 0.1% 1% 0.7% 0.8%
2020-12-01 11:00 PM Nov 0.6% 0.1% 0.9% 1%
2020-12-30 11:00 PM Dec 0.6% 1.1%
2021-02-03 11:00 PM Jan
2021-03-02 11:00 PM Feb
2021-04-01 11:00 PM Mar


News Stream
South Korea Inflation Rises 0.6% YoY
South Korea's consumer prices increased 0.6 percent year-on-year in November of 2020 following a 0.1 percent rise in the previous month, while markets expected a 0.9 percent gain. The fresh food index fell 11.5% from the previous month, and rose 13.1 percent from the same month last year. Prices of fresh fish jumped 7.1%, while those of fresh vegetables climbed 7.0 percent and of fresh fruits 25.1 percent, compared to the same month last year. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged down 0.1 percent after declining 0.6 percent in the previous month, compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent increase.
2020-12-01
South Korea Inflation Slower than Expected
South Korea's consumer prices increased 0.1 percent year-on-year in October of 2020 following a 1.0 percent rise in the previous month, while markets expected a 0.7 percent gain. It was the lowest inflation in four months, as communication fees declined 21.7 percent over a year ago largely due to a temporary government subsidy on mobile phone bills amid the Covid-19 pandemic. On a monthly basis, consumer prices plunged 0.6 percent after rising 0.7 percent in the previous month, also surprising market expectations of a 0.1 percent increase.
2020-11-02
South Korea Inflation Rises More than Expected
South Korea's consumer prices increased 1 percent year-on-year in September of 2020 following a 0.7 percent rise in the previous month, while markets expected a 0.7 percent gain. It was the highest inflation rate since March. Compared to the same month last year, food increased by 5.2 percent and non-food products decreased by 1.5 percent. On a monthly basis, inflation jumped 0.7 percent after rising 0.6 percent in the previous month, rising more than the 0.4 percent expected by consensus.
2020-10-05
South Korea Inflation Hits 5-Month High
South Korea's consumer prices increased 0.7 percent year-on-year in August of 2020 following a 0.3 percent rise in the previous month, while markets expected a 0.4 percent gain. It was the highest inflation rate since March. The jump was mainly explained by a 15.8 percent increase in the fresh foods subindex, up from an 8.4 percent climb in the previous month. On a monthly basis, inflation jumped 0.6 percent after remaining unchanged in the previous month, rising the most in seven months.
2020-09-01

South Korea Inflation Rate
In South Korea, the most important categories in the consumer price index are Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (17 percent of total weight) and Food and non-alcoholic beverages (13.6 percent of total weight). Others include Restaurants and hotels (12 percent); Education (11.4 percent); Transportation (10.9 percent); Health (7.3 percent); and Clothing and footwear (6.2 percent). The components with the least weight are Communication at 5.8 percent; Miscellaneous goods and services at 5.4 percent; Recreation and culture at 5.3 percent; Furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance at 3.8 percent; and Alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 1.24 percent.