Taiwan’s economy loses momentum as anti-virus controls pinch

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People wear face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus after the COVID-19 alert rose to level 3 in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 30, 2021. Taiwan’s economic growth slowed to 7.5% over a year earlier in the latest quarter as anti-coronavirus controls depressed consumer spending and manufacturing. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

TAIPEI, China (AP) — Taiwan’s economic growth slowed to 7.5% over a year earlier in the latest quarter as anti-coronavirus controls depressed consumer spending and manufacturing.

Growth in the three months ending in June decelerated from the previous quarter’s 8.9%, government data showed Friday.

Measured compared with the previous quarter, growth slowed to 2% from the previous quarter’s 3%.

A resurgence of coronavirus cases prompted Taiwan’s government to tighten social distance measures for factories and retailing. Consumer spending fell 0.4% from a year earlier.

Processor chip factories, a major export industry, were hit by water shortages that forced some to reduce output. The island also suffered power shortages.

Electronics exports should support growth in the second half of the year as developed markets ease restrictions and Taiwan consumer spending improves, said Lloyd Chan of Oxford Economics in a report.

“We remain optimistic about Taiwan’s growth prospects,” Chan wrote.

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