A South Korean couple walks along a road covered with fallen leaves in Seoul, November 2004.
North Korea's nuclear test has boosted condom sales and bookings at South Korean "love" hotels," a newspaper has said.
Experts told the Chuson newspaper that the developments reflect widespread jitters over the October 9 test, with many people seeking solace in sex.
Convenience storesreported that condom sales rose by up to 28 percent in the week after the test, it said.
Family Mart, a leading chain of convenience stores, sold 1,930 condoms every day compared to an daily average of 1,508 before October 9, the newspaper said.
Bookings at pay-by-the-hour "love motels" have also risen sharply.
"The desire to break away from normal life appeared to be increasing in our society in reaction towidespread concernsabout North Korea's nuclear program," Dongkuk University professor Lee Yoon-Ho was quoted as saying.
The test sparked international condemnation, strong UN sanctions against North Korea and hiked tensions on the Korean peninsula.