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Thai Economy likely to miss the 3.5% growth target

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the global economic slowdown hasweakened exports and reduced domestic consumption

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Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the Thai economy is likely to stay below the 3.5% growth target as projected earlier.

He said the global economic slowdown hasweakened exports and reduced domestic consumption. He added that delays in private investment during the general election also dampened GDP in the first quarter.

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