Deals worth more than $US200 billion are the biggest in a week for 17 years.
The referendum on the flag wasted an opportunity to decide the country's identity.
The chaebol system is changing to favour small-to-medium businesses.
Convenience stores are set to provide the next turf war in retailing.
Most of the world's major airlines have signed up for a carbon emissions reduction scheme.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago chief Charles Evans sees inflation staying low for longer.
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