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Philippine economy grows 6.2% in Q3 2019
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - November 7, 2019 - 10:15am

MANILA, Philippines (11:40 a.m.) — The Philippine economy recorded a 6.2% growth in the third quarter of 2019, the government announced Thursday.

The country's gross domestic product is higher than the 5.5% growth in the second quarter this year, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

According to the PSA, net primary income from the rest of the world grew by 2.9% while gross national income increased by 5.6%.

The services sector recorded the fastest growth with 6.9%, followed by the industry sector with 5.6% and agriculture with 3.1%.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the Philippines is on track of achieving its target of 6% to 7% GDP for the year.

"This means that the Philippine economy will have to expand by at least 6.7% in the last quarter of the year to meet the low-end of the full year target of 6 to 7% for 2019 — a challenge we are confidently taking on," Pernia said.

Pernia noted that the Philippines ranked second behind Vietnam's 7.3 growth. 

The country also recorded a higher GDP than China's 6%. India is expected to post a growth below 6% and Indonesia 5% for the third quarter.

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