Inbound investments from the European Union (EU) to Korea surged 60.5 percent after the free trade pact went into effect last year. The finance ministry report tallied for the last three quarters showed foreign direct investment (FDI) from Europe reaching US$3.56 billion from July of last year through the end of March. In the same period, overall FDI that arrived in the country contracted 0.8 percent on-year to $10.65 billion.
"The FTA played a role in bolstering investments with triple digit gains being tallied for the manufacturing sector as a whole," the ministry said.
The latest report showed EU investments in Korea's service sector reached little over $1.9 billion in the same period, up 37.4 percent on-year.
The ministry, meanwhile, said that investment by Korean businesses in the EU reached $3.66 billion, a minus growth of 34.1 percent from the year before.
The contraction, however, includes money invested in the mining sector, and if this is excluded, outbound FDI jumped 65.3 percent on-year, which is far greater than the 6.3 percent increase tallied for the entire country during the three quarter period.