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South Korea's industrial output declined for the first time in eight months in January.
According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, the nation's overall industrial production decreased point-six percent in January from the previous month.
It marked the first on-month decline since May 2020, when industrial production fell one-point-five percent.
Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries dropped one-point-six percent, while the output in the service industry fell point-two percent.
Retail sales, a key indicator of consumption levels, jumped one-point-six percent in January, the largest on-month gain since August 2020.
Facility investment also increased six-point-two percent on-month.