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Lotte in Disarray Over Its Head’s Possible Jail Term

Lotte in Disarray Over Its Head’s Possible Jail Term

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean retail giant Lotte is in disarray as its head is facing two possible jail terms in the coming weeks over bribery and other charges, industry watchers said Thursday. Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin is accused of giving 7 billion won (US$6.43 million) in bribes to a foundation run by ex-President Park Geun-hye’s friend Choi Soon-il as he sought favors in winning a government license [...]

Mobile Sector Leads Gaming Industry Past 11B Won Milestone

Mobile Sector Leads Gaming Industry Past 11B Won Milestone

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Revenue generated by mobile games surged this year, while traditional moneymakers like online games and “PC room” games – games played in South Korean internet cafes – stumbled. South Korean games have endured a series of ups and downs in the past decade. According to a government document published [...]

Pork Association Promotes Tender Pork Dishes for Seniors

Pork Association Promotes Tender Pork Dishes for Seniors

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A group representing pork producers has introduced a number of tender pork recipes to boost sales, as the ‘silver food’ market for elderly customers continues to grow in South Korea. Korea Pork and the Korean Dietetic Association unveiled a number of pork recipes catering to seniors, hospital patients and children [...]

Gov’t Shakes Up Financial Services Sector, Looks to Create “Catfish Effect”

Gov’t Shakes Up Financial Services Sector, Looks to Create “Catfish Effect”

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A slew of changes are coming to the financial services sector, from internet banks and the postal service being given the green light to begin offering products – a means of beefing up competition and thereby creating a “catfish effect” – to shrinking the yearly sales volume of firms’ [...]

Vulnerable Households Likely to Suffer from Increased Debt Repayments After Rate Rise: BOK

Vulnerable Households Likely to Suffer from Increased Debt Repayments After Rate Rise: BOK

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — An interest rate rise in South Korea will increase the debt repayment burdens of vulnerable households who over-extended themselves on mortgages during the low rate period, the central bank said Thursday. “In general, household and corporate borrowers will be able to afford an increase in debt repayment incurred by [...]

Cryptocurreny Investors Hopeful as Government Forgoes All-out Ban

Cryptocurreny Investors Hopeful as Government Forgoes All-out Ban

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A leaked draft outlining the government’s cryptocurrency regulations has been met with a sigh of relief from investors, as earlier reports of an all-out ban seem to have been debunked. Despite a number of reports that the South Korean government would follow in China’s footsteps and ban all cryptocurrency transactions, [...]

EU Says South Korea Could Be Removed from Tax Haven Blacklist by January

EU Says South Korea Could Be Removed from Tax Haven Blacklist by January

BRUSSELS, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The European Union has said South Korea could be off its tax haven blacklist as soon as late January, if the country promises to amend or scrap tax breaks for international companies. South Korea was branded as a tax haven along with 16 other countries including Mongolia and Namibia according [...]

Lotte’s Hypermarket Chain to Stop Selling Cigarettes from Next Year

Lotte’s Hypermarket Chain to Stop Selling Cigarettes from Next Year

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Lotte Mart, the third-largest discount store chain in South Korea by revenue, said Thursday that it will stop selling cigarettes next year as it is pushing to specialize in healthy products. Lotte Mart CEO Kim Jong-in said the decision is part of his company’s commitment to transform itself into [...]

Low-Income Bracket Drives Monthly Rent Growth

Low-Income Bracket Drives Monthly Rent Growth

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Of the South Korean households that are renters, 60.5 percent utilize “wolse”, or monthly payment rental systems, boosted by a growing low-income bracket. According to the Korea National Council of Consumer Organizations, the percentage of households renting using “jeonse” – a key money deposit system usually requiring a lump-sum [...]