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S Korea department store sales end 5-mth losing run

 Combined sales at South Korea’s top department stores rose for the first time in six months in November year-on-year, and at the fastest pace in 11 months, data showed on Thursday, adding to signs the economy is turning around.

Combined sales at department stores run by Hyundai Department Store, Lotte Shopping and Shinsegae rose 9.1 percent in November from a year earlier, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said in a statement.