Business sentiment among South Korean companies has hit an almost ten-year high.
The Bank of Korea said Thursday that the related index for all industries in April was 88 the highest since June 2011.
Despite that, the figure remains under 100 indicating that pessimists still outnumber optimists.
By sector, BSI among manufacturers jumped 7 points to 96,thanks to higher chip prices.
Conglomerates and exporters showed outstanding confidence both exceeding 100.
Sentiment among non-manufacturing businesses rose, thanks to the strengthening construction and retail industries.