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Published : 2014-05-08 09:01
Updated : 2014-05-08 09:01

South Korea's foreign exchange reserves set a record high in April on the rise in the value of non-dollar assets and investment profit, the central bank said Thursday.

The country's foreign reserves totaled a record US$355.85 billion as of end-April, up $1.5 billion from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK).

It rose for the 10th straight month in April after declining the most in 13 months in June last year.

Foreign reserves consist of securities and deposits denominated in overseas currencies, International Monetary Fund reserve positions, special drawing rights and gold bullion.

The BOK said a weaker U.S. dollar boosted the dollar-conversion value of non-dollar assets, while investment profit also rose.

The euro appreciated 0.5 percent to the U.S. dollar last month, and the British pound gained 1.1 percent per the greenback.

As of the end of March, South Korea was the world's seventh-largest holder of foreign-exchange reserves. (Yonhap)

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