SEJONG, June 24 (Yonhap) -- The value of construction contracts in South Korea climbed more than 10 percent in the first quarter of the year on more public and private projects, government data showed Friday.
The value of civilian and public work contracts in Asia's fourth-largest economy came to 73.1 trillion won (US$56 billion) in the January-March period, up 10.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
Private deals swelled 14.1 percent on-year to 52.9 trillion won, and public-sector contracts gained 2.6 percent to 20.2 trillion won.
Building contracts expanded 7 percent on-year in the three-month period, and civil-engineering deals jumped 19.6 percent.
The value of contracts clinched by the top 50 industry players rose 8.2 percent on-year to 27.6 trillion won.
Construction contracts in the capital Seoul and its adjacent Gyeonggi Province increased 6 percent, and those in the remainder of the country surged 14.9 percent, according to the data.