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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. 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 [...]

6 Months After Virus Outbreak, S. Korean Economy Gears Up for Big Jump

6 Months After Virus Outbreak, S. Korean Economy Gears Up for Big Jump

SEJONG, July 16 (Korea Bizwire) — In the six months after the new coronavirus was first reported in South Korea, the virus outbreak has battered the nation’s exports and depressed local consumption, with health experts warning that the highly contagious disease may not disappear in the coming months. The pandemic has brought the global economy [...]

S. Korea’s Household Debt Growth Accelerates in June

S. Korea’s Household Debt Growth Accelerates in June

SEOUL, July 9 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s household debt grew at an increased speed in June, while the rise in corporate loans slowed sharply from a month earlier following the government’s stimulus measures aimed at supporting the pandemic-hit economy, central bank data showed Thursday. Fresh bank loans extended to local households came to 8.1 [...]

S. Korean Economy Tipped to Contract This Year, but Positive Growth Still Possible

S. Korean Economy Tipped to Contract This Year, but Positive Growth Still Possible

SEOUL, July 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s economy is widely expected to suffer its first annual contraction in over a decade this year but may expand, depending on how swiftly and effectively the government implements its budget spending and how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control, a think tank said Sunday. “Considering [...]