Tourist arrivals also increased by 2.7% for the same period to 6.7 million compared with 6.5 million last year.
Swiss Gross domestic product (GDP) has risen while consumer spending is also experiencing growth.
India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Côte d’Ivoire are expected to reach the 7% growth pace.
MIDF says the decision to cut OPR rates has the potential to improved consumer spending.
This follows a record 19% growth in sales the year before.
CPA Australia survey indicates Malaysian small businesses expect this year to be even better.
It says the economy is seen expanding 4.3-4.8% this year and it has the available tools to support economy.
This is partly due to the less-than excellent earnings growth of many firms, but the stock market could reach 1,730 points by mid-year, says an analyst.
Xi says it is necessary to focus on preventing risks on the basis of steady growth, while strengthening the countercyclical adjustment of fiscal policy and monetary policy.
Thailand will hold its general election on March 24 that might cause political uncertainty.
Economic growth in the semi-autonomous Chinese city for the last quarter of 2018 was less than 1.5% - the weakest since the first quarter of 2016.
The comments come a month after Sun wrote a commentary in which he argued that problems with timely capital replenishment.
BNM governor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus paints a healthy picture of the economy, citing current account surplus and liquidity in the banking sector.
Yeah Kim Leng says GDP for the full year may be close to 5%.
This is spurred by exports and private consumption, say economists.
Chief statistician credits civil engineering, special trades activities and non-residential buildings sub-sectors for positive growth.
Lagarde said governments in the region might be tempted to favour white elephant projects instead of investment in people and productive potential.
Currency specialist says ringgit has appreciated against the greenback recently due to the underperformance of the US dollar.
It declares a dividend of 33.6 sen per share for the financial year, compared with 53.5 sen in 2017.
Philippines' chief economist says spending for the mid-term elections can add 1-2% to this year’s GDP expansion.
Growing signs of weakness in China are stoking worries about risks to the world economy and are weighing on profits for firms.
Economists in China and abroad have long suspected data is massaged upward.
Financial-institutions analysts expect the Fed to go for two rate hikes in 2019.
Total exports in November grew marginally by 1.6% from a year earlier, far short of the 6.6% forecast by economists.