The Bank of Korea said the country's foreign exchange reserves, measured in U.S. dollars, declined in June by $9.43 billion to reach $438.28 billion at the end of the month.ug610登陆（www.ugbet.us）开放环球UG代理登录网址、会员登录网址、环球UG会员注册、环球UG代理开户申请、环球UG电脑客户端、环球UG手机版下载等业务。
SEOUL: South Korea's foreign exchange reserves shrank last month for a fourth consecutive month and by the most since the 2008 global financial crisis due in part to dollar-selling intervention to support the won, data showed on Tuesday.
The Bank of Korea said the country's foreign exchange reserves, measured in U.S. dollars, declined in June by $9.43 billion to reach $438.28 billion at the end of the month.
The central bank attributed the decline to the U.S. dollar's strength, which cut the dollar value of assets held in other currencies, and its dollar-selling intervention to support the weakening won. It did not provide a breakdown of the figures.
The foreign exchange reserves declined by a combined $23.49 billion during the March-June period, its data showed.,
South Korea's won KRW=KFTC fell 8.4% against the dollar for the first six months of this year, just off a near 13-year low set on June 30, due to the mix of the dollar's spurt, a growing trade deficit and sell-off of local stocks by foreign investors.
It was the second-worst performer among major Asian currencies for the six-month period after Japan's yen JPY=, which lost some 15% of its value versus the dollar.
Foreign investors sold a net 16.51 trillion won ($12.72 billion) worth of local stocks on the main board during the January-June period this year after a net 25.41 trillion won sell-off for the whole of last year, Korea Exchange data showed.
The main board's benchmark KOSPI .KS11 fell 21.7% for the first half of this year, far worse than a 16.8% drop in the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS for the same period. ($1 = 1,298.1400 won)- Reuters
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