The number of startups in South Korea fell nearly 5 percent in the first half of the year due mainly to a plunge in new real estate businesses, government data showed.
A total of 696,000 new companies were set up in the country in the January-June period, down 4.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from the Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Startups.
The number of newly established real estate companies sank 18.9 percent on-year, with that of hospitality businesses decreasing 11.9 percent.
Excluding the property sector, the number of newly opened businesses declined 0.7 percent in the first half from a year earlier. (Yonhap)
By Nam Kyung-don (firstname.lastname@example.org