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Singapore Q3 economic growth slows

Last Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 16:41

Singapore: Singapore's economy grew by 1.3 percent in the third quarter, slower than the 2.3 percent growth in the previous quarter.

"On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis, the economy contracted by 1.5 percent, compared to the 0.2 percent expansion in the second quarter", the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said while releasing the advance GDP figures.

MTI, however, said Singapore economy remains on track to grow by 1.5 to 2.5 percent in 2012.

It said economic growth in the second quarter was better than expected, resulting in an upward revision of quarter-on- quarter annualised growth from the preliminary estimates of -0.7 percent to 0.2 percent.

The Ministry also cautioned that growth could be weighed down by the subdued global economic conditions for the rest of the year.

Externally-oriented sectors such as manufacturing and wholesale trade would be affected by the slowdown in advanced economies though the transport engineering cluster and construction sector were expected to provide support, it said.


First Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 16:41
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