20 Nov '11, 9pm

Growth outlook still 'cloudy': Analysts at Citibank observe that a bottoming in electronic exports has typically...

SINGAPORE - Dismal corporate earnings in the third quarter portend to further downgrades ahead. And analysts expect another 10 to 15 per cent drop in earnings for the coming quarter as the worsening scenario in Europe and the United States impact companies and overall economic growth. Third quarter earnings fell 8 to 10 per cent on-year and were the most disappointing since the global financial crisis, analysts observed. Among its covered stocks, DBS said counters in the industrial sector, real estate and consumer services did poorly during the quarter. In a report on Friday, the bank said earnings and economic growth could bottom in the first half of next year, barring a financial contagion. It has cut its earnings forecast for this year and next year to 3 per cent. As the earnings season draws to a close, analysts at DBS do not expect things to get any better with furthe...

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