We are back and tomorrow, the Department of Statistics Malaysia will be releasing the second quarter GDP figures. Without further ado… And… what. A. Ride. It. Has. Been. Politics. Economics. The result is… there is no doubt the second quarter GDP figures will be terrible with a capital T. The question now will be by […]

It is that time of the quarter again. The second quarter 2019 GDP will be released by the Department of Statistics next week, on August 16 2019. Malaysia’s 2Q19 industrial production growth so far has been stronger than it was in the first quarter. For illustration, April and May factory output expanded 4.0% year-on-year each. […]

The 2019 first quarter GDP will be out on May 16. Since we live in an age of trigger warning, let us play the game first: The consensus views are that growth for the quarter will be weak, possibly in the lower half of the 4.0%-5.0% range. Some are even betting on something lower. There […]

The Department of Statistics will be releasing the 2018 fourth quarter GDP statistics tomorrow. I was wrong about expecting the 2018 third quarter GDP growth to quicken based on the faster consumption growth. Consumption growth did rise spectacularly and as stated earlier, there was no austerity. But external pressures prevented overall GDP growth from going […]

The Department of Statistics will release the third quarter GDP figures on November 17. To celebrate… Before you play the game yet again, here is some background. The 2Q2018 GDP grew slowly at 4.5% YoY, largely due to an unexpected major gas supply disruption in west Malaysia. The relatively weak growth was enough for many […]

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