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Singapore PM says recession may be avoided-reports

SINGAPORE, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister LeeHsien Loong said the country may avoid a technical recession inthe third quarter due to an upward revision of economic growthfigures for the April-June quarter, local media reported onTuesday.

"I think that the second quarter numbers may look a littlebetter than the first estimates. So you might technically avoida technical recession," the Straits Times website quoted Lee assaying.

Singapore reported a seasonally adjusted and annualised 0.7percent quarter-on-quarter contraction in second quarter grossdomestic product and economists expect the government to reportanother decline in GDP for the July-September quarter, pushingthe country into a recession.

(Reporting by Kevin Lim; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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Keywords: SINGAPORE ECONOMY/RECESSION