Seoul shares gain on firmer blue chips, weaker won

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(Updates to noon) SEOUL, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Seoul shares rose 1.8 percent in thin trade on Monday, as blue chips such as Kookmin Bank bounced back from sharp losses last week, while exporters advanced on hopes a weaker won currency would boost their earnings. Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd. was up 4.14 percent to 17,600 won after its said it was considering bidding for U.S. nuclear plant builder Westinghouse Electric Co. from British nuclear energy company BNFL. But ...

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