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Manufacturing growth slows, but long-term trends offer tech support

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Singapore's manufacturing sector started the year strong, with factory activity rising for the 17th straight month in January. Electronics manufacturing, however, saw growth easing for the second month in a row - though manufacturers remained optimistic.

THE thesis behind the year-long rally in tech stocks remains solid despite slower-than-expected industrial production and forecasts for a tempering of growth in the second half of the year.

While some of the heady year-on-year growth numbers that were seen in previous quarters may not

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