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UPDATE 1-Thai Aug exports drop 8.2% y/y, current account surplus widens -c.bank

* 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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