(3rd LD) S. Korea says no agreement reached with U.S. on possible FTA amendment

(ATTN: RECASTS throughout with comments by S. Korea’s top negotiator; ADDS byline) By Kim Kwang-tae SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States reached no agreement on possible amendments to their free trade pact, Seoul’s top negotia Source: Money

(2nd LD) S. Korea says no agreement reached with U.S. on possible FTA amendment

(ATTN: RECASTS throughout with comments by S. Korea’s top negotiator; CHANGES headline) SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States reached no agreement on possible revisions to their free trade pact, Seoul’s top negotiator said Tuesd Source: Money

Chinese visitors drop 70 pct amid THAAD row

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — The number of Chinese tourists in South Korea declined nearly 70 percent on-year last month, marking a drop for five straight months following China’s ban on sales of Korea-bound trips amid a diplomatic row over the deploymen Source: Money

S. Korean Bond Yields on Aug. 22, 2017

Today (%) Previous Session(%) Change (BP) 1-year TB 1.488 1.481 +0.7 3-year TB 1.803 1.784 +1.9 10-year TB 2.308 2.304 + Source: Money

(LEAD) Carmakers cite high costs, low productivity as main concerns

(ATTN: ADDS 2nd photo, related data in last 5 paras) By Choi Kyong-ae SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korean carmakers on Tuesday cited high costs and low productivity as major sources of concern as they compete in an ever competitive market. In Source: Money

Hyundai Merchant cargo processing hits record at Busan port

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., the country’s top shipping firm, said Tuesday that its cargo processing at Busan Port, the largest sea gateway in the country, jumped 93 percent in July from a year earlier, hitting a record high. Source: Money

Land ministry says home prices stabilizing

SEJONG, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — The government claimed credit Tuesday for its latest real estate policy bringing down housing prices in Seoul. The price of a home in Seoul was up 0.33 percent in the fifth week of July, just ahead of the government anno Source: Money

Trade deficit in intellectual property rights narrows in H1

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s deficit in the trade of intellectual property rights narrowed in the first six months of this year from a year earlier on reduced shortfalls from patent use contracts, the central bank said Tuesday. South Ko Source: Money

S. Korea to map out plan for financial deregulation by year-end

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s state regulator said Tuesday it will map out a plan by the end of this year to ease regulations on the financial industry, aimed at reinvigorating the sector suffering from slow growth. The main goal is to e Source: Money

Single-member households to become most common dwelling arrangement in 2045

SEJONG, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) — One-person families will likely become the most common household type in all South Korean cities and provinces in the next 30 years amid the country’s low birthrate and rapidly aging population, government data showed Tuesda Source: Money