As South Korea's economy rebounds, small businesses struggle with tighter coronavirus curbs

When Park Sang-jun heard that his country's economy was continuing its rebound from a slump brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the owner of a small coffee shop in a city south of Seoul felt as if he must be living on another planet. South Korea's exports rose 4 per cent in November from a year earlier to reach US$45.8 billion, according to data from the trade ministry. Growth, meanwhile, was stronger than estimated in the third quarter, with the Bank of Korea reporting a 2.1 per cent increase…

As South Korea's economy rebounds, small businesses struggle with tighter coronavirus curbs
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Hong Kong's largest pay TV operator i-Cable apologises over poor handling of lay-offs

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A Hong Kong lawyer filed a complaint on Thursday with police accusing officers of ...

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China's central bank governor tells local governments, lenders: don't count on a bail out

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River deep, tensions high: China assures India over dam plans amid spectre of drought

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Japan cries foul as Russia moves missiles into Kuril Islands

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Editor of nationalistic Chinese newspaper says he was a target of blackmail and rumours by deputy

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China must stop ‘wishful thinking' that rivalry with US will end with Biden

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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai denied bail in fraud case after magistrate decides he is a flight risk

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China-US power competition brings a Cold War arms concept back into fashion

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China's services sector sentiment surged in November

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Activity in China's services sector surged in November as the economy continued its strong ...

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Indonesia teacher turned tailor cashes in on cat fashion craze

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