MALAYSIA’S ECONOMY GROWS 5.8 PCT IN Q2 – COMPARED WITH 4 PCT LAST YEAR

KUALA LUMPUR� Malaysia’s economy recorded a robust expansion in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017, recording a 5.8 per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) compared with 4.0 per cent in the same quarter last year.

The expansion in Q2 2017, which is better than the 5.6 per cent registered in the first quarter of 2017, was boosted by solid growth in gross export, services and manufacturing sectors, as well as private investment.

From the supply side, the improvement was driven by a broad-based expansion across all major sectors, said Bank Negara Malaysia or Central Bank in a statement here.

Going forward, the Malaysian economy is expected to grow at above 4.8 per cent in 2017 given the strong growth in the first half of 2017 at 5.7 per cent, it added.

The central bank said domestic demand was projected to underpin this expansion while on the external front, exports were expected to benefit from the stronger-than- expected improvement in global growth.

Headline inflation is expected to moderate further in the second half of 2017, reflecting the waning effect of global cost factors. For 2017 as a whole, it is expected to average within the forecast range of 3.0 per cent to 4.0 per cent, said the central bank.

Meanwhile, on a quarter-on- quarter seasonally-adjusted basis, the economy grew by 1.3 per cent (Q1 2017: 1.8 per cent).

The headline inflation declined to 4.0 per cent due mainly to lower domestic fuel prices.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK