Singapore downgraded its economic growth forecast as the economy expanded slower than initially estimated amid uncertainties about Brexit and weakening global demand, leaving the door open for additional policy stimulus.
The trade-dependent economy is expected to expand 1-2 percent this year, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said on Thursday. That compared with a previous forecast of 1-3 percent growth.
The economy expanded 0.3 percent in the April-June period from the previous three months on an annualized and seasonally adjusted basis, according to the ministry data.
That compared with the government's advance estimate of 0.8 percent. Economists polled by Reuters expected there would be no change to the advanced estimate.
"Global demand continues to be weak and for a country like Singapore that is open, it shows very, very quickly and rapidly," said Vishnu Varathan, an economist at Mizuho Bank.
"They certainly have room to tweak the policy but the question is one of prudence - would they indeed be prudent to do so? After Brexit we think there is a small possibility."
The economy grew 2.1 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, missing the government's initial estimate.