LOSING STEAM: South Korea's economic growth slowed sharply in the third quarter. Gross domestic product expanded 0.7 percent, slowing from 1.4 percent growth in the previous quarter.
HISTORY LESSON: South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, rebounded strongly from the worldwide downturn of 2008-2009, boosted by low interest rates, government stimulus spending and a relatively weak currency that helped exports. But global growth is now waning. Overseas shipments and manufacturing both slowed markedly in the third quarter.
THE BRIGHT SIDE: Despite the slowdown, South Korea's economy remains on track to grow about 6 percent in 2010, better than the 0.2 percent expansion in 2009.