S. Korea August industrial output at 9-month high
Illustration: Ssangyong Motor workers assemble cars on the production line in Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Production in the mining, manufacturing, gas and electricity industries rose 1.8 percent from a month ago, following a revised 0.3 percent fall in July, according to Statistics Korea.
It was the fastest expansion since the 2.1 percent growth posted in November last year.
Compared to a year ago, the August output rose 3.3 percent -- the highest on-year gain since January.
Production of cars as well as televisions and mobile phones -- the country's key exports -- climbed 18.9 percent and 11.1 percent respectively from July.
Asia's fourth-largest economy has shown signs of a moderate revival, posting its strongest on-quarter growth for two years at 1.1 percent in the April-June period.
The central bank expects the economy to grow 2.8 percent this year after expanding 2.0 percent in 2012 -- the slowest in three years.
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