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[TAIPEI] Taiwan's economy contracted in the third quarter from a year ago for the first time in six years, and narrowly avoided a recession, preliminary figures showed on Friday, as exporters suffered a crippling blow from slackening global demand.
The 1.01 per cent contraction was worse than the 0.6 per cent on-year decline forecast in a Reuters poll.
It was the first year-on-year decline in quarterly gross domestic product since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009.
The cabinet will hold a news conference at 0200 GMT to discuss steps to boost consumption in the near term, according to a government notice.