BANGKOK, March 21 (Reuters) -
* Thai domestic car sales in February rose 9.1 percent from a year earlier to 82,324 units, after rising 17.3 percent in January, the Federation of Thai Industries said on Thursday.
* Sales were helped by improved economic growth and higher state and private investment.
* 2019 domestic car sales are forecast to be 1.05 million units, up 2.44 pct, after last year’s 19.5 percent increase to 1.04 million units, the highest level in five years.
* Thailand is a regional vehicle production and export base for the world’s top automobile manufacturers. (Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai Writing by Orathai Sriring Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)