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Corporate loans rise slightly in Q1

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Published : May 29, 2017 - 12:53

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Loans extended to local businesses rose slightly in the first quarter from a quarter earlier on increased operating expenses and facility investments, central bank data showed Monday.

Outstanding corporate loans came to 1,001.7 trillion won ($894 billion) in the January-March period, up 1.6 percent from a quarter earlier, according to data from the Bank of Korea.

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Compared to a year earlier, the first quarter figure marked a 4.4 percent gain.

In terms of where the money was spent, loans extended to cover companies' operating expenses were up 1.2 percent in the first quarter to 596.8 trillion won from a quarter earlier, the bank said.

Loans for facility investments rose 2.3 percent in the first quarter to 404.9 trillion won from a quarter earlier, and up 11.7 percent from a year earlier, it said.

By sector, loans to service sector firms jumped 8 percent year-over-year to 577.4 trillion won at the end of March. Loans to manufacturers came to 330.5 trillion won at the end-March, up 0.4 percent from a year earlier.

The latest findings showed borrowings by construction firms rose 0.2 percent year-over-year to 39.5 trillion won, the data showed. (Yonhap)