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SK Group Plans Joint Growth with Suppliers, Contributes to Domestic Consumption

SK Group Plans Joint Growth with Suppliers, Contributes to Domestic Consumption

SEOUL, Jul. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Group will take steps to boost domestic consumption, including encouraging its employees to take long vacations and facilitate growth of subcontractors, corporate sources said Thursday. CEOs of the group’s key subsidiaries met in Seoul on Tuesday where they discussed enhancing work effectiveness and contributing to spurring local demand, [...]

Retailers Moving Quickly to Allow Employees to Balance Work with Family

Retailers Moving Quickly to Allow Employees to Balance Work with Family

SEOUL, Jul. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers have moved quickly to create a favorable work environment for expecting and child-rearing mothers, including incentives for fathers, industry observers said Tuesday. Retail businesses have been fast movers in accommodating women who in most cases make up nearly half of their workforces. With the government encouraging [...]

SK Telecom, SM Entertainment to Join Hands for Content, New Biz

SK Telecom, SM Entertainment to Join Hands for Content, New Biz

SEOUL, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. and major entertainment agency SM Entertainment said Monday they will join forces through a series of stock sales among their affiliates, in order to beef up their content business and search for new opportunities. Under the deal, SK Telecom will buy [...]

S. Korean Convenience Store Chain Taps Iran

S. Korean Convenience Store Chain Taps Iran

SEOUL, Jul. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — BGF Retail Co., the operator of South Korea’s largest convenience store chain CU, said Friday it signed a franchise deal with an Iranian company marking the first overseas expansion for a convenience store operator. Under the agreement, home appliances firm Entekhab Investment Development Group will take charge of investment [...]

Foreign Ownership of Stocks Hit All-time High amid Sound Corporate Earnings: Data

Foreign Ownership of Stocks Hit All-time High amid Sound Corporate Earnings: Data

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign ownership of South Korean stocks hit a record high recently, buttressed by sound corporate earnings and expectations of a global economic recovery, market data showed Thursday. The market capitalization of stocks held by foreigners stood at 602 trillion won (US$528 billion) as of Tuesday, the largest ever according [...]

Samsung Posts Surprise, Record-high Operating Profit for Q2

Samsung Posts Surprise, Record-high Operating Profit for Q2

SEOUL, Jul. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. predicted Friday that its second-quarter operating profit shot up nearly 72 percent on-year to post a record-high quarterly level, apparently helped by the robust performance of its chip business. The stronger-than-expected operating profit was estimated at 14 trillion won (US$12.1 billion), compared [...]

Hyundai Heavy Inks MOU for Marine Engine Plant in Saudi Arabia

Hyundai Heavy Inks MOU for Marine Engine Plant in Saudi Arabia

SEOUL, Jul. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., a major shipyard here, said Wednesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco and others to build a plant in Saudi Arabia that will make engines used for ships and power generation. The Hyundai Heavy-Aramco consortium will spend US$400 million to [...]