In the first three months of this year, Korean companies seemed to be weathering economic uncertainties at home and abroad rather well, reflecting the nation's moderate recovery track during the period.
Korea's central bank says that corporate profitability improved in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier, with profit margins reaching 5.2 percent in the January to March period, up from 4.8 percent.
That means companies are now getting 52 cents in profit out of every one-hundred dollars in sales, whereas they earned 48 cents in the previous year.
Profit margin improved across all industries, save for the shipbuilding sector, with the electronics and automobile sectors leading the gain.
The central bank says, however, that the upbeat trend might not continue on through the second quarter.
That is because of the ferry disaster in April that resulted in the further denting of already sluggish private spending.
For a glimpse at the pace of recovery in the second quarter of this year, pundits are waiting for May figures which will give a better indication of whether the impact of the disaster is temporary or more long term.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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