Xinhua world economic news summary at 0930 GMT, Feb. 22

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SEOUL -- South Korea's export posted a double-digit growth in the first 20 days of February owing to solid demand for tech products and automobiles, customs office data showed Monday.

Export, which takes up about half of the export-driven economy, amounted to 30.4 billion U.S. dollars in the February 1-20 period, up 16.7 percent from the same period of last year, according to the Korea Customs Service. (S. Korea-Export-February)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's stocks finished lower on Monday, with the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) Index down 0.95 point, or 0.15 percent, to close at 639.54 points.

A total of 13,606 shares worth 65.1 million riels (16,010 U.S. dollars) was traded, the CSX said, adding that 68 percent of the traded stocks belonged to Phnom Penh SEZ, Plc (PPSP), 11 percent to ACLEDA Bank Plc (ABC) and nine percent to Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS). (Cambodia-Share Market-Close)

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SUVA -- Fiji and Japan signed here on Monday an emergency loan agreement, which will allow Fiji to get the 200 million Fijian dollars (about 98.98 million U.S. dollars) loan from Japan.

According to a statement from the Fijian government, during the signing ceremony, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that the best way to build resilience over the long-term is to bring Fiji's COVID-stricken economy fully back to life and this loan will allow the island nation to further strengthen its COVID defences, particularly its public health systems. (Fiji-Suva-Loan Agreement)

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market closed lower on Monday after swinging between losses and gains throughout the day, reflecting the mixed results from the resource sector as oil producers slumped while iron ore manners gained

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 12.90 points or 0.19 percent at 6,780.90, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 2.40 points or 0.034 percent at 7,061.60. (Australia-Stock Market News) Enditem

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