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  • QX179R's Avatar
    67,571 posts since Feb '08
    • SINGAPORE - Singapore escaped a technical recession after the economy grew in the fourth quarter thanks to a boost from services, government data showed Wednesday, but prospects for 2013 remain gloomy.

      Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by an estimated 1.1 percent year-on-year in the three months to December, from zero growth in the previous quarter, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.

      Analysts feared the economy may have slipped into a technical recession -- two successive quarters of contraction -- after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday that GDP rose a mere 1.2 percent for the full year, below the government's forecast of around 1.5 percent.

      Mr Lee also said GDP was expected to grow just 1.0-3.0 percent in 2013.

      "The prospects remain subdued for Singapore even though we averted a technical recession, and the weakness in the manufacturing sector underscores that vulnerability," said regional economist Song Seng Wun of CIMB Research.

      On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the economy expanded by a seasonally adjusted annualised 1.8 percent in the December quarter, reversing a 6.3 percent contraction in the July-September period.

      Weakness in the manufacturing sector was a major drag for the economy, but a resilient services sector took up some of the slack.

      "Growth picked up on the back of firmer service sector activity, outweighing a contraction in the manufacturing sector led by a weak electronics cluster," said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India and Southeast Asia at global banking giant HSBC.

      "The positive impetus primarily came from wholesale and retail, finance and insurance, as well as 'other' services," he said in a market commentary.

      Nomura Securities said in a market note that manufacturing "remains the weak spot" for the trade-driven economy.

      Manufacturing shrank by an annualised 10.8 percent quarter-on-quarter in the October-December period as the European debt crisis and the sluggish US economy dampened global demand for Singapore's exports, especially electronics.

      The sector contracted by 0.2 percent in 2012.

      Selena Ling, OCBC Bank's head of treasury research, said: "What is likely to happen for the first quarter if not the first half of this year is that manufacturing and export picture will still remain fairly tepid.

      "If you look at the PMI numbers for Singapore we are not seeing the same kind of rebound that we are seeing in some of the regional PMI numbers especially for North Asia and China. So what we think is that as far as the electronics cluster is concerned, it looks like it will be still fairly slow in the next couple of months."

      The services sector rebounded strongly in the final three months of last year, rising 7.0 percent quarter-on-quarter from negative growth in the previous two quarters.

      Overall, the services sector expanded 1.2 percent in 2012.

      Construction contracted 8.9 percent quarter-on-quarter but grew 8.8 percent for the full year.

      Despite Singapore escaping a technical recession, there was little to cheer about as growth was expected to be soft in the coming months.

      "With global headwinds expected to remain in place, growth is projected to remain muted in the coming quarters and not recover more noticeably until the second half of 2013," said Eskesen.

      Looking ahead, economists said the government budget will continue to focus on raising productivity and is not likely to feature many measures to boost growth.

      They also expect the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to stand pat on its monetary policy during its policy review in April.

      - AFP/CNA/ir

  • the Bear's Avatar
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  • charlize's Avatar
    31,429 posts since Mar '05
  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,949 posts since Nov '11
    • of course, numbers mean money MONEY MONEY

      lets see when they going to increase their own pay again.

  • troublemaker2005's Avatar
    8,443 posts since Dec '05
    • so what? S/CC charges and property tax bill so big. even oif country in bloom our pockets in deep recession also!

  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,949 posts since Nov '11
    • Originally posted by troublemaker2005:

      so what? S/CC charges and property tax bill so big. even oif country in bloom our pockets in deep recession also!

      they heck the care la so long their pockets are full of million dollar pay.

      they fatt everyday.

      pui, bunch of miw .................. yucks

  • Seowlah's Avatar
    883 posts since Jul '09
  • charlize's Avatar
    31,429 posts since Mar '05
  • Seowlah's Avatar
    883 posts since Jul '09
    • Originally posted by charlize:

      Where got recession?

       

      COE 92k. icon_lol.gif

      Yalor, COE in hokkien - die for it icon_lol.gif

       

      Edited by Seowlah 09 Jan `13, 11:47PM
  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,949 posts since Nov '11
  • Seowlah's Avatar
    883 posts since Jul '09
    • Originally posted by SJS6638:

      si or yee !   

      Yup,

      Like Charlize always says people like to pay and pay.

      92k for a piece of paper to buy a small car also si or yee icon_lol.gif

  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,949 posts since Nov '11
    • Originally posted by Seowlah:

      Yup,

      Like Charlize always says people like to pay and pay.

      92k for a piece of paper to buy a small car also si or yee icon_lol.gif

      people like to pay and pay

      people like to vote and vote to pay more and more.

       

  • Seowlah's Avatar
    883 posts since Jul '09
  • SJS6638's Avatar
    4,949 posts since Nov '11
    • come 2016 the vicious cycle will continue.

      damn la those who love to pay more and more at our expense.

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