Thai April consumer sentiment at 7-month low – survey

BANGKOK, May 3: Thai consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in April, a university survey showed on Tuesday, due to concern over domestic and global economic growth prospects, drought and low commodity prices.        Consumers felt the Thai economy had recovered slowly and their income had not increased, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said. The Finance Ministry last week cut its 2016 economic growth forecast to 3.3 percent from 3.7 percent.           Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy has struggled to expand since the army seized power in May 2014 to end street protests.        The junta has launched stimulus measures to spur domestic spending and sought to accelerate infrastructure projects.
KEY DATA
Overall Consumer Confidence Index, which reflects views on the economy, job opportunities and future income. The survey is usually done in the last week of the month.
Apr    Mar     Feb        Jan     Dec     Nov    Oct        Sep  72.7    73.5    74.7       75.5    76.1   74.6    73.4       72.1
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