Singapore Economy in Q2 Grows at Fastest Pace in Two Years

Singapore’s economy grew at its fastest pace in nearly two years in the second quarter as manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and electronics rebounded.

The government said Friday that gross domestic product rose 3.7 percent from a year earlier in the April-June quarter. That was the fastest growth since the third quarter of 2011 when the trade-reliant economy expanded 5.7 percent.

The second quarter figure is an advance estimate based on activity in April and May, with updated data to be released in August.

Singapore’s growth is closely tied to overseas demand, making it a bellwether for global economic conditions.

Manufacturing grew 1.1 percent in the second quarter after contracting 6.9 percent in the previous quarter. Construction slowed to 5.6 percent growth from 6.8 percent in the first quarter.

Service industries, which have become more important to the economy after the opening of two casino-resorts in the city-state, expanded 5 percent.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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