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Aging Population Likely to Cut S. Korea’s Overseas Equities Investment

Aging Population Likely to Cut S. Korea’s Overseas Equities Investment

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s rapidly aging population is likely to reduce the nation’s overseas equities investment as seniors will likely move to sell assets due to falling living standards, researchers at the Bank of Korea (BOK) said Wednesday. As the global financial markets become more interconnected, older people will have a [...]

Online Sales of Smartphones Sluggish in S. Korea: Data

Online Sales of Smartphones Sluggish in S. Korea: Data

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of smartphones through online platforms in South Korea remain sluggish compared with other countries, data showed Wednesday, due mainly to strong dominance of mobile carriers in the mobile phone market. According to the data compiled by Strategy Analytics, the sales of smartphones through online platforms in the country [...]

Fine Dust Decreases 15.4 pct after Temporary Shutdown of Coal Power Plants

Fine Dust Decreases 15.4 pct after Temporary Shutdown of Coal Power Plants

SEJONG, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Fine dust levels have decreased some 15 percent in the central region of South Korea following the temporary shutdown of eight old coal-fired power plants last month as part of the government’s efforts to reduce the country’s air pollution levels, a study showed Tuesday. Starting June 1, the thermal [...]

S. Korean Firms Step Up U.S. Lobby as Trade Issues Take Center Stage

S. Korean Firms Step Up U.S. Lobby as Trade Issues Take Center Stage

SEOUL, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — S. Korea’s big name exporters have stepped up their lobbying activities in the United States after the Donald Trump administration took office, data showed Tuesday, apparently to smooth out potential trade issues. U.S. Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database showed that tech giant Samsung Electronics spent US$1.47 million on lobbying activities [...]

Online Shopping Experiencing Growth Surge as Retail Sales Stumble

Online Shopping Experiencing Growth Surge as Retail Sales Stumble

SEOUL, Jul. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Online shopping is experiencing a growth surge, accounting for close to 20 percent of all retail sales in the first quarter of this year, data showed Friday. Retail transactions in the three months to March totaled 96.56 trillion won (US$85.83 billion), a growth of 4.7 percent from the same [...]

Dependence on Coal-fired Power Output Still High

Dependence on Coal-fired Power Output Still High

SEOUL, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s coal-fired power generation increased this year as the country’s new government vows to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power, industry data showed Monday. According to the data compiled by the Korea Power Exchange, coal-fired power generation reached 95,550 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in the first five [...]

Data Indicate Tariff Elimination Doesn’t Account for Increased Korean Car Exports to U.S.

Data Indicate Tariff Elimination Doesn’t Account for Increased Korean Car Exports to U.S.

SEOUL, Jul. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s car exports to the United States have declined, rather than increased, after the two countries abolished import taxes last year as part of their free trade agreement, data showed Sunday. The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) published the analysis that rebuts a widespread belief in the U.S. [...]

Value of Overseas Investment Funds Soars over Past Year

Value of Overseas Investment Funds Soars over Past Year

SEOUL, Jul. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The value of South Korea’s overseas investment funds has jumped more than 40 percent over the past year as big-time investors look overseas for high returns despite the recent bull of the domestic stock market, data showed Sunday. According to the data by the Korea Financial Investment Association, the [...]