* Economy to post growth in Q2 next year
* Aug C/A surplus lifted by record gold shipments (Adds outlook)
BANGKOK, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Thailand recorded a current account surplus of $3.0 billion in August, a six-month high, after a revised surplus of $1.74 billion in the previous month, the central bank said on Wednesday.
The surplus was helped by record gold shipments of $2.8 billion in August, with the trend set to continue until year-end, Bank of Thailand director Don Nakornthab told a briefing.
Overall exports, a key driver of growth, declined 8.2% in August from a year earlier after July’s 11.9% drop.
Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy in August performed better than July by recording smaller falls in exports and industrial manufacturing, the BOT said.
The economy - which shrank the most in 22 years in the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic impact - should register growth in the June quarter 2021, Don said.
The BOT has forecast the economy will contract a record 7.8% this year before growing 3.6% next year. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Ed Davies)
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