Singapore’s 3Q18 GDP grew at a slower 2.2% pace, below economists’ expectations of 2.4%, as the manufacturing and services sectors disappointed. The growth figure was also revised downwards from advance estimates of 2.6% and was lower than the 4.1% growth in 2Q18.

Manufacturing grew 3.5% in 3Q18, moderating from 10.7% in 2Q18, while services expanded by 2.4% (2Q18: 2.8%). Construction continued its contraction, falling by 2.3% (2Q18:-4.2%).

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is projecting that the economy will grow by 1.5 – 3.5% in 2019 (2018: 3.0 – 3.5%), with the main growth driver to shift from manufacturing to services post the peak of the electronics cycle after two years of growth.

The greatest risk would be a loss of global business and consumer confidence if the trade war between China and the US intensifies. (The Business Times)

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