BANGKOK, Nov 20 (Reuters) -
* Domestic car sales in Thailand dropped for a fifth straight month in October, down 11.3% from a year earlier to 77,121 units, the Federation of Thai Industries said on Wednesday.
* Sales contracted due to stricter lending by banks and flooding in many areas of the country.
* Domestic car sales in 2019 are forecast to fall 3.8% to 1 million units, compared with last year’s 19.5% rise to 1.05 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 Kitiphong Thaichareon; Writing by Satawasin Staporncharnchai; editing by Uttaresh.V)