21 Nov '11, 9am

Stimulus package as S'pore braces for slower growth?

SINGAPORE - Singapore on Monday predicted sharply lower economic growth of 1.0-3.0 percent in 2012 amid an export slowdown and warned the situation could worsen if Europe's debt woes trigger a global crisis. The figure is off the previous estimate of 2.5-3.5 percent and well down from the five percent predicted for 2011 as demand in the city-state's key export markets in Europe and the United States dries up. "This does not factor in downside risks to growth, such as a worsening debt situation or a full-blown financial crisis in the advanced economies," the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a statement. "Should these risks materialise, growth in the Singapore economy in 2012 could come in lower than expected," it added. The 2011 gross domestic product (GDP) forecast is a huge slowdown from the all-time high of 14.5 percent seen in 2010 when the economy was comin...

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