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S. Korean Stocks Reach Record High of 2,304 Fueled by Foreign Buying

S. Korean Stocks Reach Record High of 2,304 Fueled by Foreign Buying

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean shares breached the 2,300-point mark for the first time ever as foreign investors scooped up major tech stocks amid sound corporate earnings, bucking overnight gains on Wall Street, analysts said. The Korean won sharply rose against the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) [...]

South Korea’s $23-Billion Rental and Sharing Market Continues to Make Headway

South Korea’s $23-Billion Rental and Sharing Market Continues to Make Headway

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Last year, South Korea’s rental services market was estimated at 25.9 trillion won ($23.2 billion), up from 19.5 trillion won five years ago, according to the KT Economic Management Research Institute. By 2020, the market is expected to grow to a 40.1-trillion-won industry, researchers expect.  The boon in the [...]

Chinese Shipbuilders Win Huge Chunk of Orders from S. Korean Shippers

Chinese Shipbuilders Win Huge Chunk of Orders from S. Korean Shippers

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese shipbuilders have received orders from South Korean shippers to build 13 ships so far this year, while their South Korean rivals clinched deals from local shippers to build just seven ships, industry sources said Monday. According to related data, local shippers have placed orders so far this year [...]

Local Businesses Welcome Thaw Between South Korea, China

Local Businesses Welcome Thaw Between South Korea, China

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – A thaw in deadlocked relations between South Korea and China over the deployment of an advanced U.S. ballistic missile defense system is showing signs of resuscitating vitality in exchanges in the public and private sectors between the two countries. Strained bilateral relations look somewhat mitigated of late as newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in is actively trying [...]

S. Korean Firms Bask in China’s Excavator Market Boom

S. Korean Firms Bask in China’s Excavator Market Boom

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean companies, led by Doosan Infracore Co., are witnessing robust sales in China’s excavator market as the world’s No. 2 economy increased spending on infrastructure, industry sources said Saturday. According to the data provided by NH Investment & Securities Co., a total of 13,673 excavators were sold in China in April, more than doubling from a year earlier. In the case of Doosan Infracore, South Korea’s top construction [...]

BMW, Mercedes-Benz Sell More Cars in S. Korea than Japan

BMW, Mercedes-Benz Sell More Cars in S. Korea than Japan

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — German carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles in South Korea in the January-April period compared to Japan, an industry association said Sunday. Vehicle sales by BMW and Mercedes-Benz jumped 48 percent and 32 percent year-on-year, respectively, to 18,115 and 24,877 units in the Korean market during the first [...]

Asset Size of S. Korea’s Top 4 Biz Groups Expands 30 pct in 5 yrs

Asset Size of S. Korea’s Top 4 Biz Groups Expands 30 pct in 5 yrs

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Asset size of South Korea’s top four business conglomerates grew by more than 30 percent over the past five years, a corporate information provider said Sunday. Data provided by Chaebul.com showed combined assets of Samsung, Hyundai Motor, SK and LG stood at 864.9 trillion won as of end 2016, [...]