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Gov’t Signals Negative Economic Growth Inevitable for 2020

Gov’t Signals Negative Economic Growth Inevitable for 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s negative economic growth is expected to be inevitable for this year in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials have said. Local bureaucrats’ growing pessimism about Asia’s fourth-largest economy comes as economic activity has been battered by tougher social distancing measures in the greater Seoul area in [...]

OECD Raises S. Korea’s 2020 Growth Outlook

OECD Raises S. Korea’s 2020 Growth Outlook

SEJONG, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s economy is likely to shrink less than expected this year thanks to its successful response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Tuesday. In its latest report on South Korea, the Paris-based club of major economies predicted Asia’s fourth-largest economy will [...]

S. Korea Sees Growing Signs of Economic Recovery

S. Korea Sees Growing Signs of Economic Recovery

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s economic sluggishness has eased on diminishing negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a state-run think tank said Sunday. South Korea’s daily new virus cases spiked more than 900 in late February, but the COVID-19 curve has since flattened sharply in recent months. The decline in infections has [...]

S. Koreans’ Nonessential Spending Plummets amid Coronavirus

S. Koreans’ Nonessential Spending Plummets amid Coronavirus

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean consumers purchased far fewer nonessential items in the first quarter than normal due to economic uncertainty sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, data showed Sunday. The combined essential spending came to 84.81 trillion won (US$71 billion) in the January-March period, accounting for 40.56 percent of total household expenditures, [...]

S. Korea’s Growth Rate Second Highest Among 14 Major Countries

S. Korea’s Growth Rate Second Highest Among 14 Major Countries

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s economy contracted 3.3 percent in the second quarter from a quarter earlier, but it fared well compared with other major economies, data showed Sunday. South Korea’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was the second highest among the 14 countries that included the United States, China, Germany [...]

COVID-19 Fallout in Culture, Sports, Tourism Sectors Tops 7 tln Won

COVID-19 Fallout in Culture, Sports, Tourism Sectors Tops 7 tln Won

SEOUL, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Estimated financial losses caused by the new coronavirus in the areas of culture, sports and tourism in South Korea have reached over 7 trillion won (US$5.84 billion), according to the government Monday. In a report submitted to the National Assembly’s culture, tourism and sports committee, the culture ministry estimated [...]

S. Korean Imports from Japan Drop Following Japanese Export Restrictions

S. Korean Imports from Japan Drop Following Japanese Export Restrictions

SEOUL, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean economy’s dependence on Japan has been on a downward trend since Japan imposed export restrictions against South Korea in July 2019, the country’s leading business lobby group said Sunday. The share of imports from Japan among overall South Korean imports fell from 9.8 percent in Q1 [...]