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S. Koreans' overseas card spending hits fresh record high in Q1

2018/05/17 12:00

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SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- Overseas card spending by South Koreans hit a fresh record high in the first quarter on rising outbound tourists, central bank data showed Thursday.

In the January-March period, a record US$5.07 billion worth of purchases were made abroad, up 11.4 percent from three months earlier, according to the data by the Bank of Korea. From a year earlier, the Q1 tally marked a 26 percent increase.

Overseas card spending includes credit and debit cards.

The hike came as more people went overseas during the winter vacation season and the four-day Lunar New Year's holiday in February. Some 7.43 million South Korean nationals traveled to foreign countries from January through March, up 8.2 percent from a quarter earlier.

Meanwhile, card spending by foreign visitors in South Korea edged down 1.1 percent on-quarter to $2.07 billion over the same three-month period.

The BOK sign outside its office in downtown Seoul (Yonhap) The BOK sign outside its office in downtown Seoul (Yonhap)

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