Childbirth in S. Korea grows for 12 straight months

16:46, April 25, 2011      

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The number of babies born in South Korea in February showed growth for the 12th consecutive month as the recovering economy spurred more couples to have babies, a government report showed Monday.

The number of babies born in February reached 38,200, up 4.4 percent, or 1,600, from the same month a year earlier, according to the report by Statistics Korea.

February marked the 12th consecutive month of growth for the country's childbirth, after it had declined for 24 straight months starting March 2008.

The increase can be attributed to the growing number of couples with baby plans thanks to the economic recovery after the global financial crisis, local media reported.

The number of marriages, however, turned downhill in February for the first time in nine months. The number stood at 23,600, down 2.5 percent from the same month a year before, according to the report.

Source: Xinhua
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