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Headline GDP in 2018 may surprise on the upside

Key growth drivers could be services sector: financial services, business and professional services, and tourism-related services.

China is still growing and concerns over anti-globalisation or anti-trade initiatives coming from the West have also faded with time, says Ms Ling at OCBC.

The property sector has been seeing good sentiment while the domestic-oriented industries have also been getting a lift, says Mr Song at CIMB Private Banking.

WHILE Singapore's external environment still faces many downside risks, some bullish economists say 2018 headline economic growth could come in at between 3 and 3.5 per cent.

This would be the economy's best showing in four years and would build on the strong full year 2017 performance,...

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