Korea's exports are expected to show signs of recovery led by IT products. The Institute for International Trade surveyed 965 exporters and put the Export Business Survey Index for the fourth quarter of the year at a cautiously optimistic 101.8.
A reading over 100 means optimists outnumber pessimists.
The index has stood above 100 since the second quarter of this year.
Exporters forecast strong shipments of home appliances (125), mobile phones (115.6) and other IT products in the fourth quarter. Mobile phone exports are expected to flourish due to the release of new smartphones by electronics giants like Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and LG's Optimus G2, according to the IIT.
Car exports (101.5) also look slightly rosier as labor and management at top automakers ended their annual fan dance wile tariffs are coming down under free trade agreements with the U.S. and EU.
But exports of computers (75) are forecast to fall due to an increase in overseas production bases for Korean PC makers.
Shim Hye-jung at the institute said Korean IT exports could continue to grow until the end of the year on reduced fears of a cutback on quantitative easing in the U.S., the world's largest IT market.