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Southeast Asia faces speed bumps to export-driven growth

After banner 2017, worrying signs for production and consumption appear

Southeast Asia's export values grew by double digits on a monthly basis for every month in 2017 except June.

SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia's strong exports and consumption, which helped sustain rapid growth throughout the region in 2017, are in a delicate spot as demand for electronic parts falls and interest rate hikes threaten to cool spending.

Last year, Vietnam and Thailand enjoyed their highest rates of growth in gross domestic product in the past decade and five years, respectively. Malaysia and Singapore were among the countries that beat the previous year's growth rate.

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