Seoul shares end higher on improving econ hopes


(Updates to close) By Rafael Nam SEOUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Seoul stocks rose 1.2 percent on Friday to their highest close in over five years, as hopes that domestic demand was on the road to recovery fueled investors' appetite for blue chips such as Samsung Electronics . "This market has placed itself solidly behind a recovery in domestic demand," said Kim Young-il, head of equity management at KB Asset Management. "Shares have gained week after week and it's only a matter of time ...

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