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Indonesia president sees GDP contracting more than 3% in Q3

JAKARTA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia’s gross domestic product is expected to contract by more than 3% on an annual basis in the third quarter, President Joko Widodo said on Monday, as he told his cabinet to speed up state spending to support the pandemic-hit economy.

The president, widely known as Jokowi, estimated household consumption shrunk by around 4%, while investment might have fallen by more than 5% in the third quarter.

Jokowi’s prediction was bleaker than his finance minister’s previous outlook for a contraction within a range of 1% to 2.9% in July-September, which compared with a 5.32% contraction in April-June. The statistics bureau will release the official GDP data on Thursday.

Reporting by Maikel Jefriando and Gayatri Suroyo Editing by Ed Davies

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