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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's economy expanded at the fastest clip in three quarters during the July-September period.
The Bank of Korea said Friday that Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 2.6 percent from a year earlier.
From three months ago, it expanded 1.2 percent, the first time in 1 1/2 years that South Korea's economy expanded more than 1 percent on a quarterly basis.
The central bank lowered its key policy rate twice this year to a record low of 1.5 percent as consumer spending slowed and exports dropped.
The government introduced a tax cut and added an additional public holiday to boost the recovery as the Middle East respiratory syndrome sapped consumption while a slowdown in China hit exports.