AEIR 2019/2020

GDP growth decelerated to 0.7% in 2019 (the lowest in 10 years) from 3.4% in 2018. Weaker global demand and trade tensions between the United States and People’s Republic of China crimped exports, which contracted by 1.6%. On the demand side, private consumption moderated to 3.7%, government consumption growth edged down to 2.8%, and the contraction in domestic fixed investment slowed to 0.2%. In April 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore allowed the Singapore dollar to appreciate in nominal effective terms against the US dollar. The trade surplus expanded to 26.3% of GDP on strong services exports. With the impact of COVID-19—travel and supply chain disruptions—economic growth is expected to slow to 0.2% in 2020. With a sufficient fiscal buffer, fiscal policy will remain expansionary, with growth expected to improve to 2.0% in 2021.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2020, ADB
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Composite Stock Price Index 1 2.0 (Dec20)2.0 3.0
Broad Money Growth 2 12.2 (Nov20)12.2 12.3
Headline Inflation Rate 3 -0.2 (Nov20)-0.2 0.7
Industrial/ Manufacturing Production Growth Rate 3 17.9 (Nov20)-0.8 -12.3
Merchandise Export Growth 3 -7.1 (Nov20)-7.1 -8.0
Exchange Rate Index 4 81.7 (Dec20)82.6 83.1
1 Monthly average, local index.
2 %.
3 y-o-y, %.
4 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
Source: Bloomberg LP; CEIC database; Singapore Economic Development Board; International Entreprise Singapore.

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