SEOUL: South Korea's economy expanded by a seasonally adjusted 1.7per cent in the first quarter, revised central bank data showed on Wednesday, a notch above the 1.6 per cent growth estimated in late April.
Towing the growth were private consumption and facilities investment that grew 1.per cent and 6.1per cent quarter-on-quarter, respectively. First-quarter growth for facilities investment was the sharpest in nine years.
Construction investment was sharply revised up to 1.3 per cent growth, from a 0.4 per cent gain estimated earlier, while exports jumped 2.0 per cent, better than a 1.9 per cent rise reported earlier.
From a year earlier, the economy grew a revised 1.9 per cent during the period, better than the 1.8 per cent expansion seen previously.