Malaysia Economic Forecast

Malaysia Economic Outlook

September 19, 2017

Economic indicators remain positive, signaling that the economy was off to a good start to Q3. Notable expansions in the manufacturing and energy sectors drove growth in industrial activity in July. In addition, exports soared on the back of greater sales of mineral fuels and manufactured articles, reflecting healthy global demand for Malaysian goods. Solid import growth in the same month indicates dynamic domestic activity, supported by private consumption. Household spending has been buoyed by a low unemployment rate and growth in wages in the manufacturing sector. In September, Prime Minister Najib Razak and U.S. President Trump pledged to strengthen the Comprehensive Partnership, with both countries pledging to address the trade imbalance through investment and increased Malaysian imports of American goods.

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Bond Yield3.910.05 %Oct 16
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Malaysia Economic Growth

September 19, 2017

The outlook remains bright for the economy, but downside risks remain. Political uncertainty could increase and drag on consumer spending, while important sectors remain heavily indebted. The open economy is also exposed to potential external shocks. Nonetheless, our panel expects GDP to expand a healthy 5.2% in 2017. For 2018, the panel foresees the economy growing at a lower speed of 4.8%, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast.

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