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Samsung, SK Hynix drive South Korea Inc. to record earnings

Two semiconductor giants account for 40% of corporate profits

LG group's liquid crystal display plant outside of Seoul.

SEOUL -- South Korea's semiconductor industry has proven so dominant in the country's corporate sector that a single segment controlled by Samsung Electronics makes the difference between record aggregate profit and a relatively flat period.

During the first nine months of the year, 525 companies listed domestically made over 120.45 trillion won ($108 billion) in operating profit, the Korea Exchange reported Wednesday. The black ink rose 28% on the year, an all-time high for the interval and the first time the metric topped 100 trillion won.

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