The state-run Korea Development Institute on Sunday said Korea is slowly going into recession. The KDI said Sunday that the economy is "in a phase of gradual slowdown" as demand both overseas and at home shrinks.
Until last October, the institute had said Korea's economy was improving.
According to market researcher CEO Score, investment at 855 subsidiaries of Korea's top 60 businesses fell 3.1 percent last year to W98.5 trillion (US$1=W1,139).
Some 35 of them slashed spending last year. Samsung's cutbacks were particularly drastic with 46 subsidiaries reducing investment by 25.7 percent to W28.5 trillion.
South Korea is deeply embedded in the global economy and as a major electronics and vehicle exporter its health is an important barometer for the wider global economy.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top