Thailand GDP Annual Growth Rate  1994-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Thailand’s GDP expanded 3.3 percent from a year earlier in the March quarter of 2017, compared to a 3.0 percent growth in the fourth quarter 2016 and slightly above market expectations of a 3.2 percent expansion. It was the strongest growth since the June quarter last year. GDP Annual Growth Rate in Thailand averaged 3.68 percent from 1994 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 15.30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a record low of -12.50 percent in the second quarter of 1998.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-20 02:30 AM Q4 3.0% 3.2% 3% 3.1%
2017-02-20 03:00 AM 2016 3.2% 2.9% 3.2% 3.25%
2017-05-15 02:30 AM Q1 3.3% 3.0% 3.2% 3.3%
2017-08-21 02:30 AM Q2 3.3% 3.2%
2017-11-21 02:30 AM Q3 3.1%




Thailand GDP Growth Strongest In 3 Quarters In Q1


Thailand’s GDP expanded 3.3 percent from a year earlier in the March quarter of 2017, compared to a 3.0 percent growth in the fourth quarter 2016 and slightly above market expectations of a 3.2 percent expansion. It was the strongest growth since the June quarter last year, as a faster rise in private consumption and exports and a further increase in investment offset a sharp slowdown in government spending.

In the three months to March, private consumption rose 3.2 percent, faster than a 2.5 percent increase in the prior quarter. The rise was partly a result of a strong growth of farming income and a continual rise of non-farming income as well as better consumer confidence. The expansion was mainly boosted by an increase in spending on non-durable goods and durable goods, especially motor vehicle and furniture items. However, expenditure on semi-durable goods and net services decelerated. 

Government spending edged up 0.2 percent, slowing from a 1.8 percent rise in the December quarter. The slowdown was in tandem with a decline in the 2017 fiscal year current budget disbursement in the quarter.

Gross fixed capital formation went up by 1.7 percent, compared to a 1.8 percent growth in the final quarter 2016. Public investment increased by 9.7 percent, following a 8.6 percent in Q4. On the contrary, private investment fell 1.1 percent, due to declines in construction, and machinery and equipment. 

Exports of goods and services grew by 2.7 percent, accelerating from a 1.1 percent increase in the fourth quarter. Imports of goods and services rose 6.0 percent (3.4 percent in Q4).

On the production side, agriculture sector rose 7.7 percent, much faster than a 3.0 percent expansion in the December quarter. The rise was supported by agriculture, hunting and forestry (8.5 percent from 2.7 percent in Q4) and fishing (0.3 percent from 5.4 percent). Non-agricultural sector expanded by 2.9 percent, compared to a 3.2 percent increase previously. Growth in the sector eased for: manufacturing (1.2 percent from 2.2 percent in Q4), construction (2.8 percent from 6.1 percent), financial intermediation (4.4 percent from 6.7 percent), health and social work (4.1 percent from 4.3 percent) and other community, social and personal services activities (5.6 percent from 7.1 percent). Growth rose at a faster pace for: wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor (5.9 percent from 5.6 percent), hotels and restaurants (5.3 percent from 4.9 percent); transport, storage and communication (5.9 percent from 5.2 percent) and education (0.2 percent from -0.7 percent). In contrast, a decline was seen for: mining and quarrying (-9.3 percent from -4.8 percent) and private households with employed persons (-0.2 percent from -2.4 percent). 

For 2017, the Thailand's economic planning agency (NESDB) expected Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy to grow between 3.3 to 3.8 percent, compared to the 3.0 to 4.0 percent range it  forecast previously. Exports in the year are projected to rise 3.6 percent, compared to a 2.9 percent increase in an earlier projection. 

In 2016, the economy grew by 3.2 percent, faster than an upwardly revised 2.9 percent growth in 2015.

On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted basis, the economy advanced 1.3 percent in the first three months of 2017, much stronger than an upwardly revised 0.5 percent expansion in the prior quarter. It was the fastest quarterly growth since the December quarter 2012

NESDB | Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/15/2017 3:04:56 PM



Thailand GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP Growth Rate 1.30 0.50 9.60 -6.30 percent [+]
GDP Annual Growth Rate 3.30 3.00 15.30 -12.50 percent [+]
GDP 395.17 404.32 419.89 2.76 USD Billion [+]
GDP Constant Prices 2505078.00 2461131.00 2505078.00 1043930.00 THB Million [+]
Gross National Product 4839.07 4693.46 4839.07 910.68 THB Billion [+]
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 624847.00 619914.00 713853.00 258609.00 THB Million [+]
GDP per capita 5775.10 5635.60 5775.10 570.86 USD [+]
GDP per capita PPP 15346.65 14975.96 15346.65 6650.69 USD [+]
GDP From Agriculture 129642.00 122622.00 132115.00 66849.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Construction 76236.00 77237.00 103692.00 36619.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Manufacturing 682320.00 690286.00 690286.00 269359.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Mining 56477.00 59105.00 62445.00 20064.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Public Administration 129002.00 128707.00 129002.00 41767.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Transport 258292.00 250685.00 258292.00 64995.00 THB Million [+]
GDP From Utilities 79469.00 80898.00 83241.00 22202.00 THB Million [+]


Thailand GDP Annual Growth Rate Notes

Thailand is an export oriented emerging economy. As a result, manufacturing is the most important sector and accounts for 34 percent of GDP. Services constitute around 44 percent of GDP. Within services, the most important are wholesale and retail trade (13 percent of GDP); transport, storage and communication (7 percent of GDP); hotels and restaurants (5 percent of GDP) and public administration, defence and social security (4.5 percent of GDP). Agriculture also makes a significant contribution - around 13 percent of GDP. This page provides - Thailand GDP Annual Growth Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Thailand GDP Annual Growth Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.30 3.00 15.30 -12.50 1994 - 2017 percent Quarterly



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