CHINA Taiwan cuts 2018, 2019 economic growth forecasts

CHINA

Taiwan cuts 2018, 2019 economic growth forecasts

Xinhua

22:22, November 30, 2018

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 A view of the Taipei 101 skyscraper of 509m in height in Taipei. (File photo: VCG)

TAIPEI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan on Friday trimmed its economic growth forecasts for this year and next year amid slower global economic expansion.

Gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 2.66 percent this year, slightly lower than 2.69 percent growth it forecasted previously, according to the island's statistics agency.

Exports are expected to grow 3.37 percent year on year in 2018, while private consumption may rise 2.17 percent, lower than a previous forecast due to subdued consumer confidence. Fixed-asset investment growth outlook has also been cut to 3.59 percent.

The agency also lowered Taiwan's 2019 GDP growth outlook to 2.41 percent from 2.55 percent.

Exports may grow 3.06 percent next year as demand for the semiconductor sector is likely to remain strong. Private consumption may rise 2.23 percent on the back of better employment situation and possible pay rises, while fixed-asset investment may climb 5.4 percent as green energy investment continues.

The agency said uncertainties such as trade frictions, financial market fluctuations and commodity prices would all affect the island's economic prospects.

Taiwan's GDP grew 2.28 percent year on year in the third quarter, missing a previous forecast of 2.36 percent.

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