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Vietnam Exports Drive Growth

Vietnam Exports Drive GrowthVietnam Exports Drive Growth

Vietnam’s economy surged more than 7% in the third quarter according to data Friday, but officials warned the communist country may still fall short of its annual target.

Vietnam has been one of the region’s best performing economies in recent years, fuelled largely by exports of cheaply made goods like Samsung phones and Nike shoes, AFP reported.

The middle class is also rapidly expanding in the country of 93 million people, lifting domestic spending across many sectors. But growth dipped last year to 6.2% as the economy recovered from a major drought and a massive fish kill along the central coast.

GDP expanded 7.46% in third quarter of 2017 from the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office, the strongest third quarter growth since 2010. “Growth was largely driven by exports. Domestically, strong credit growth is supporting household spending and the real estate sector,” ANZ Bank said in an email to AFP Friday.

It was also a bump up from last quarter’s 6.28% growth and 5.15% posted in first three months of the year. Overall growth for the first nine months of 2017 is 6.41%, the highest since 2015 but below the official annual target of 6.7%.

But the GSO chief warned the economy may struggle to hit that goal. “Reaching this year’s growth target will be a challenge,” Nguyen Bich Lam said on state-run Vietnam Television.

The Asian Development Bank said earlier this month it expects annual growth to hold steady at 6.3%, even as some sectors have slowed.

“Despite the drop in mining and oil output, Vietnam’s economy continues to perform well, driven by its twin engines of export-orientated manufacturing and rising domestic consumption,” ADB Vietnam country director Eric Sidgwick said in a statement.


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