South Korea's business sentiment is pulling out of its post-COVID-19 downtrendwith figures showing improvements for four straight months.
The Bank of Korea reported on Wednesday that the Business Sentiment Index for all industries in August was up 4 points on-month to 66.
However, the figure is far below 100 and still means pessimists outnumber optimists.
By sector, the BSI among manufacturers jumped 7 points on-month to 66, the steepest rise since April 2009.
The Economic Sentiment Indexwhich measures the outlook for both companies and householdswas up 6.9 points on-month to 68.9.