South Korea’s economic slowdown has slightly improved and the nation’s consumer price inflation rate is gradually heading towards the stable level, state-run think tank Korea Development Institute (KDI) evaluated Wednesday.Korea’s industrial and service output expanded in January, slowing the downward trend of output in the whole industry, the KDI said in its monthly report of economic conditions.Previously sluggish equipment investment moderately increased in January. In addition, February’s imports and exports surged by a large margin due to longer working days in the month, and the nation recorded a $2.2 billion trade surplus, the think tank noted.However, Korea’s private consumption remains low, the KDI expressed concerns.“The inflation rate neared the stable level,” the KDI estimated as to consumer prices. Korea’s inflation rate fell to 3.1 percent in February from 3.4 percent in the previous month. The drop in the inflation rate was attributed to a slower increase in commodities and service prices.Some indices of advanced economies are recovering although economic conditions in the eurozone are still lagging and uncertainties are heightened concerning international oil prices, the KDI assessed as to the global economy.The KDI explained the global financial market is in a relatively good shape as a few indices of the real economy improved and worries over the eurozone debt crisis are alleviated.Meanwhile, the KDI’s analyses are fairly upbeat when compared to those of the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF).“Although Korea’s employment picked up and major indices for the real economy turned upward due to seasonal factors, skyrocketing international oil prices and other uncertainties still exist. If gasoline prices continue to rise, it is possible that Korea’s private consumption would be reduced, particularly in automobiles and fuels for vehicles,” the MOSF pointed out in the Green Book, a monthly report on the domestic economy, published Tuesday.[Written by Ha’eun Bang / edited by Soyoung Chung]▶ [화보] 타임지 춘천미용실 백내장수술 임신중절수술비용 남성정력제추천 역류성식도염치료 강남역왁싱 보험비교 조루치료 구리치과선정, 역대 10大 누드 표지 순위▶ 4년前 삼성전자 주식 산 52세女, 자식 걱정에▶ 현역 국회의원 `굴욕` 32세 얼짱女에 그만…▶ 아들 공천탈락에 김영삼 격분하며 박근혜는…▶ 하이킥3 황정음 vs 박하선 애교대결, 서지석 쟁탈전 ‘폭소’▶ 나라별 대표 미녀, 누가 누가 예쁠까?▶ [화보] "역시 중국~" 쇼핑몰 한복판 `알몸 스시` 등장[ⓒ Maeil Business Newspaper & mk.co.