South Korea's unemployment rate inched down in June from a month earlier, although young people faced an increasingly tough job market, government statistics showed Wednesday.
South Korea's central bank said economic growth will be slower than expected this year because consumer spending has waned following a deadly ferry sinking.
South Korea's economic growth hit its highest level in three years in the first quarter, boosted by new home construction and exports of electronics.
South Korea's top messaging service provider, Kakao Corp., and its second largest Internet portal, Daum, announced a merger Monday to create one of the country's largest IT companies worth around US$3 billion.
South Korea's inflation rate hit an eight-month high in April, government data showed on Thursday, on increases in the cost of oil and industrial goods.
South Korea's economy grew by 0.9 percent for the second consecutive quarter as exports remained solid but domestic spending stalled, state data showed Thursday.
Vietnam's steel import volume experienced a modest year-on-year increase of 2 percent to 2.2 million tonnes, valued at US$1.5 billion, in the first quarter of 2014.
South Korea's central bank on Thursday kept interest rates at 2.5 percent for the 11th consecutive month, citing signs of recovery at home and abroad and uncertainty about the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus.
South Korea's unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in March thanks to new jobs created in agriculture and social services, state data showed Wednesday.
South Korea and Australia signed a free trade deal Tuesday which will scrap almost all tariffs within a decade while immediately lifting levies on some key exports, including South Korean cars and Australian wine.