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Economy in Brief

Taiwan And Thailand Report Q4 09 GDP Growth
by Louise Curley February 22, 2010

Taiwan and Thailand released fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product data this morning.  Taiwan is a small highly industrialized island nation of about 7 million people with a per capita income of $16,428 in 2009 .  Thailand, by contrast, is a large continental nation of some 23 million people with a per capital income of $4,108 in 2008.   Taiwan reported a fourth quarter increase of 4.23% and Thailand one of 3.6%.

In Taiwan, although the rate of increase in the exports of good and service declined from 7.92% in the third quarter, it was still a respectable 6.08%.  Private consumption, however, increased by 4.52% in the fourth quarter, compared with 0.77% in the third quarter.  Fixed capital formation was up by 10.04% and inventory liquidation was sharply lower. Inventories have been cut back aggressively since the beginning of 2009.  From declines 52,762, 29,881 and 75,142million 2006 NT$ in the third, second and first quarters of 2009 respectively, the fourth quarter saw a decline of only 2,555 million 2006 NT$.

In Thailand, exports of goods and service increased 7.69% in the fourth quarter, compared with 2.39% in the third quarter.  Private consumption also accelerated, from 1.78% to 2.97%.  Fixed investment, however, was 1.66% lower in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter and inventories were increased by 1,806 million '88 Bahts The inventory accumulation in the fourth quarter followed three previous quarters of liquidation.  17,367 mil 88 bahts in the third quarter, 910 in the second and 74,368 in the first quarter of 2009.

Quarterly changes in the major components of GDP for the two countries are shown in the accompanying charts and in the table below.  Additional data for Taiwan and Thailand can be found in the Haver Data Base:  EMERGEPR

Q/Q Percent Changes (ex where noted) Q4
09 
Q3
09
Q2
09
Q1
09
Q4
08
Q3
08
Q2
08
Q1
08
GDP:  Taiwan 4.23 2.45 4.25 -2.55 -3.62 -3.62 -0.33 1.26
Thailand 3.63 1.68 2.03 -1.45 -5.04 -0.49 -0.22 1.70
Private Consumption:  Taiwan 4.52 0.77 0.65 0.39 0.38 -1.192 -0.78 0.30
Thailand 2.97 1.78 0.17 -3.43 0.25 0.87 -0.13 1.11
Fixed Capital Formation:  Taiwan 10.07 7.68 22.38 -30.52 -10.46 -2.31 -8.93 -7.20
Thailand -1.66 5.81 5.04 -11.68 -4.53 1.37 -1.59 -0.34
Exports of Gds & Serv:  Taiwan 6.08 7.92 12.20 -7.32 -17.35 -2.45 -1.0 2.62
Thailand 7.69 2.39 -3.40 -6.66 -11.90 -1.33 2.52 1.96
Chg in Inventories: Taiwan (Mil 2006NT$) -2555 -52762 -29882 -75142 37228 42424 25900 46269
Thailand (mil 1988Bahts) 1806 -17367 -910 -74368 21240 30930 -106 6497

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