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S.Korea’s economic growth unexpectedly accelerates in Q2

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SEOUL — South Korean economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the second quarter from the preceding three months on strong private consumption lifted by eased COVID-19 restrictions, central bank estimates showed on Tuesday.

The Bank of Korea estimated gross domestic product for the April-June period had been 0.7% higher than in the previous quarter, after a 0.6% rise seen in the January-March period and 1.3% in the last quarter of 2021.

It was stronger than a 0.4% gain tipped in a Reuters survey of 14 economists.

Second-quarter GDP for Asia’s fourth-largest economy was 2.9% higher than a year earlier, compared with a median forecast for annual 2.5% growth seen in the same survey. (Reporting by Jihoon Lee and Choonsik Yoo; Editing by Bradley Perrett)

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