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28 Jun 2019

International Economy

G20 Summit: Hopes to End Trade War May Fade Away (Business Brief No.3004)

All eyes are on the G20 Summit, in particular a talk between the US and China, the world’s superpowers, to end the trade war that will last for a year in July 2019. Looking back, it is believed that the US and China knew that they would not benefit from the persistent trade war. A clear consequence of their trade dispute is now seen in rising prices of their imported products and this has hurt their consumers and manufacturers. The stances of the US and Chinese leaders in ending the trade war are based on political benefits and their popularity at home....Read more

13 Jun 2019

Thai Economy

2019 Mid-Year Economic Stimuli, aimed at Promoting Domestic Spending, Helped Push KR-ECI Up Slightly in May 2019

The KR-ECI increased slightly to 43.7 in May 2019 over the reading of 43.5 reported for April 2019, thanks to 2019 mid-year economic stimuli that directly and indirectly helped ease the high cost of living of Thai households somewhat. In addition, some households were less anxious about debt because they already made installment payments for loans used to pay tuition fees for their children in April 2019. ...Read more

13 May 2019

Thai Economy

KR-ECI Declined in April 2019 as Many Factors Affected Living Conditions of Thai Households

The KR-ECI and 3-month Expected KR-ECI slipped to 43.5 and 45.7 in April 2019 because households were more concerned about their living conditions, including income, employment, prices of goods and services, expenditures and debt. ...Read more

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28 Jun 2019

Industry

Green movement ... drives an expansion of bioplastics (Current Issue No.3002)

The “Green business trend” has prompted many countries to introduce campaigns to reduce the use of plastics which are not easily degradable, especially single-use plastics for food and beverage packaging. Therefore, renewable materials, namely bioplastics have seen a rapid growth with an average compound growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent versus an annual growth rate of conventional plastics of only 3 percent. KResearch views that polylatic acid (PLA) pellets will substitute for the use of plastics derived from petro-based polymers in the production of food and beverages packaging and the bioplastic market will be expanding from Europe and the US to the Asian region, driven by the movement to reduce the use of plastics and to change consumer behavior....Read more

28 Jun 2019

Tourism

Inbound tourism in 2H19 improves slightly from 1H19… KR keeps the projection for 2019 international visitors at 39.0-39.8 million (Current Issue No.3003)

In 1H19, inbound tourism slowed due to various factors; whereas, the overall number of tourists and slowing growth rate were as expected (party due to high base effect in 2018), in spite of some differences in details in each market. For example, the number of Chinese tourists is lower than expected partly because of the cooling Chinese economy as a result of the US trade war with China, and the Thai Baht has gained strength versus Chinese Yuan currency. At the same time, Chinese tourists have more tourism destination choices to choose from now while other countries are trying to appeal to international tourists, especially the Chinese, by highlighting their attractions as well. An extension of the fee exemption for visa on arrivals has also promoted the growth of international tourists from other countries as there has been a surprising surge in the number of Indian tourists coming to Thailand...Read more

25 Jun 2019

Industry

Wood Pellets: Japanese market will drive outbound shipments from Thailand from 2020 (Current Issue No.3000)

KResearch views that the wood pellet market in Japan is expanding significantly to serve the local power sector. The demand for wood pellets in Japan is expected to increase to 5 million tons in 2022 from 1.2 million tons in 2019. However, Japan has the capacity to produce only 126,000 tons of wood pellets. Hence, Japan needs around 4.9 million tons of imports to meet the domestic demand....Read more

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5 Jul 2019

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened slightly after rising to a new 6-year high, while the SET pared gains on domestic investor sell-offs.

The Baht fell slightly after having hit a 6-year high of THB30.52/USD. The Baht rose on net foreign stock and bond buying orders, while the US dollar fell on weak economic data that reinforced expectations about the Fed policy rate cut. However, the Baht pared those gains later, while the US dollar was supported by investors’ position adjustments before US Non-Farm Payrolls report. ...Read more

28 Jun 2019

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a new 6-year high, while the SET rose on foreign investors’ net-buying positions.

The Baht strengthened against the US dollar during the week. The Baht hit a new 6-year high of THB30.62/USD early in the week amid expectations that the Fed might cut its policy rate at its meeting in July. However, the Baht fell on position adjustment around mid-week before bouncing back after the BOT’s MPC meeting decided to keep its benchmark rate unchanged at 1.75%. Meanwhile, market participants also awaited the upcoming US-China trade negotiation. ...Read more

25 Jun 2019

Financial Institutions

Short-term corporate loans push net loans in May 19 up by almost THB90 billion over-month, highest jump this year. (Business Brief No.3807)

Bridge loans and working capital loans for corporate accelerated in May while retail loans in almost every category, especially auto loans as well as secured and unsecured personal loans, continued to increase. Hence, the net loans of 14 Thai commercial banks as of the end of May 2019 rose by almost THB90 billion versus the previous month. Overall, the net loans increased 4.77 percent YoY and 0.89 percent YTD from the end of 2018. Nonetheless, the growth rate of housing loans, which have the biggest weight in the retail loan category, shows signs of slowing down, as well as the SME loans and long-term corporate loans, which were rebounding within a narrow range in line with the country’s economic activities. ...Read more