Malaysian central bank said Friday that the Malaysian economy grew 4.9% year-on-year in the second quarter, making it the first Southeast Asian economy to grow from January to March 2019.
Growth in the second quarter boosted forecasts by 4.8% in Reuters polls, which is 4.5% higher than annual growth in the first quarter of 2019.
The central bank hit its annual growth target of 4.3% to 4.8%, but said intensifying global trade tensions could slow 0.1% GDP growth.
Current account surplus decreased by 14.3 billion ringgit ($ 3.42 billion) in the second quarter from 16.4 billion ringgit in the first quarter.
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