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Thailand needs to whet domestic appetite to sustain growth

Current strong GDP largely due to external factors -- exports and tourism

Chinese tourists pose for photos at Wat Phra Kaeo, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's economy in the third quarter marked the sharpest growth under the military regime, buoyed by external factors, but analysts said that for sustainable expansion, domestic consumption and private investment must increase. 

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