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Thailand's economy grew in the January-to-March quarter, although at its slowest pace in more than four years. Officials say declines in exports and public investment put a brake on growth. The National Economic and Social Development Council says real GDP rose 2.8 percent from the same period last year. The figure is lower than expected and down 0.8 of a point from the previous quarter. The officials say agriculture continued to rack up strong growth, mainly due to higher yields of major crops. But manufacturing and the service sector were sluggish. Both exports and imports declined as a result of a global slowdown caused by trade tensions between the US and China. Full story

21 May