Smartphone Chips Drive Surprise Gain in Korean Industrial Output

  • New smartphones from Samsung, Apple boost Korean production
  • Finance ministry expects healthy factory output in March

Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korea’s industrial production unexpectedly rebounded in February as demand for semiconductors rose with the release of new smartphones from Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.

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