Thai economic growth unexpectedly slows down

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Economic growth in Thailand unexpectedly growth slowed in the second quarter, largely because of supply chain problems brought about by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Growth was 2.6% in the three months to the end of June, from a year earlier, down from 3.2% in the first quarter.

The disaster in Japan meant fewer parts were being made and shipped from Japan for use in Thailand. Especially badly hit were auto and electronics manufacturers, which in turn damaged Thailand's exports.

Nonetheless, Wellian Wiranto from HSBC told the BBC that Thailand's economy will keep growing.

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